Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: SPL read ASPL
Re: SPL read ASPL
Mon, 23 Nov 1998 18:30:23 EST
I agree with the first point of Frank's post concerning the treatment of the
scout's mother who happens to be the committee chairman. I know that it can
be pretty sticky, considering the time and effort put in by a loyal parent,
but their son(s) need to be treated just like everyone else. One our treks in
the backcountry, there are NO parents, only advisors. However, I have to take
exception to the rest of the post. I am a firm believer in one on one
counseling. We get so wrapped up in our meetings that it almost becomes
impossible to sit down with a kid and find out what is going on in his life.
We get upset when he acts like a kid!!!! I don't believe in written policies,
they come from the corporate (read here adult) world that has no business in
Scouting. The Oath and Law should be enough for us all and set the standard.
The one sentence that I really take exception to is that "scouting is a
privilege and not a right" and that "not all boys are meant to be scouts". We
should do everything in our power to present Scouting to all boys and design
our program so that we include as many who want to join. Let's all stand back
and remember what our role is as adult leaders. We are here to mentor young
men and in my case young women so that they will grow up to be more caring
citizens. Throw out the policy manuals and take more time for your scouts.
They deserve it.
Advisor, Crew 1519