Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Scholar activity pin
Re: Scholar activity pin
Tue, 24 Nov 1998 09:18:40 -0800
I would offer your Webelos Scout with the grade/attitude concerns an
opportunity for something else to work on in addition to Scholar, but
not ihn place of it. I do not see a reason why every boy must earn
exactly the same pin as every other boy. be given the opportunity, you
bet!, but saying the boys only be given a shot to achieve what all can
achieve, no way in my book. We are growing young men, not turnips
(and even turnips are not all the same 8-) )
To me this is not unlike a belt loop versus a sports pin. Just about
any boy can earn a baseball belt loop, but only a boy with a real
interest in baseball is going to put forth the effort to get the sport
pin for baseball.
You could, and should in my view, explain to the lad, and his parents,
why he may not be able to earn the Scholar pin at the same time the
other boys will.
You can also suggest things he could do to complete the activity pin
at some point, e.g., improved grades, participation, etc. This of
course needs to be explained in a non-judgmental way (as a member of
the Barney Mug Society, that should pose no problem for you 8-) ).
Explain that the pin requirements are X1, X2, etc., and he has met X1,
but to meet X2, X3, he needs to be able to do the following ....
I encourage you to use the opportunity to give this boy the chance to
succeed, rather than deny all of the boys a chance to learn, and grow,
through the requirements tied with any particular activity pin.
It is a fact that we can all do our best, but that doesn't mean we
will all accomplish exactly the same goal. Even meeting the same goal
will most often be done differently by those striving for it.
Your friend down state in that former lil' football town called Norman
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