Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Is it just me?
Re: Is it just me?
Wed, 9 Jun 1999 09:37:56 -0400
I had the same initial reaction to Garfield as a mascot and almost
immediately told myself "I'm not going to use anything to do with Garfield."
Somehow it seemed like it wasn't sending the right message. But when you
listen to kids talk, you can sometimes realize that your own thinking can
have a lot of adult bias and blind you a little bit. And so it was that I
was educated by younger folk. A fifteen year old explained to me what I
should have remembered from training. She informed me that at ages 7-9 a
lot of kids are just like Garfield - a little self-centered, a little lazy,
and a little selfish. This is the age when a lot of socialization starts to
take place, where the boys learn to get along as a group and do things
together. She felt that Garfield as a mascot was great because it tells
kids that if someone as selfish, self-centered, and self-indulgent as
Garfield can become a Scout, they can too.
Mike Bowman, Vice President
U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc.