Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: merit badges and Scout Spirit
Re: merit badges and Scout Spirit
Anthony J. Mako
Mon, 22 Feb 1999 15:44:44 -0500
<Bob Taylor wrote>
not sure I agree completely with this idea for showing Scout Spirit, but
your comments would be appreciated. Scout Spirit is a difificult thing
to define. is it appropriate to tell a boy that he won't be passed on
Scout Spirit if he has not earned merit badges outside of summer camp or
merit badge clinics?
Personally, I'm not sure that _where_ a Scout earns a merit badge has
anything to do with Scout Spirit. Advancement through the ranks requires
that a Scout "demonstrate Scout Spirit by living the Scout Oath and
Scout Law in your everyday life." Nothing in the Scout Oath or Scout Law
requires a Scout to earn merit badges anywhere. In fact, I would be very
interested in learning the "why" behind this SM's requirement.
I also don't see what is difficult about defining "Scout Spirit" since
the rank requirements specifically define what is meant. More likely,
the problem is not _what_ Scout Spirit is, but _how_ to determine if a
Scout has demonstrated it.
this idea was given to me by a SM for a large troop in our area, very
much boy run troop.
Remember, the Scout Spirit requirement is something evaluated by the SM,
not the PLC, so even in a boy run unit, it wouldn't be difficult to find
some kind of "interprative" rule for evaluating Scout Spirit.
Anthony J. Mako, firstname.lastname@example.org ,Scoutmaster, Troop 381
http://members.aol.com/Scouts381/ "Home of the Unofficial Boy Scout
Great Trail Council - Akron, Ohio
"I used to be an Eagle (C-7-97), but I'll always be an Eagle (1981)"