Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: The role of training (was MB counselor registration question)
Re: The role of training (was MB counselor registration question)
nathan alan beauheim
Wed, 16 Jun 1999 13:02:08 -0600
With all these people expousing the greatness of YP training, I just have
to ask (as I slip into my asbestos scout uniform), am I the only one who
would rather be hit on the head with a baseball bat than go to Youth
Now, before you flame me too much, I AM NOT AGAINST YOUTH PROTECTION!
What I am against is watching that video again and again and again. I've
seen the long version four times in the last two years. Is that enough?
Can I stop now? Now maybe if the video was better done, it might not be
so bad, but what does listening to some "experts" saying how great BSA's
youth protection policy is and how glad they are BSA has one benefit me?
How does that make me a better leader? Maybe seeing the video again and
again helps you to pick up points you missed before. That doesn't work
for me. Hearing something again and again just puts me to sleep.
While I'm ranting, is it too much to ask to have some consistent policies
about youth protection? Just when do I become an adult and have to abide
by all the youth protection guidelines? National says 18, yet at the age
of 18, National assigned me to a barracks with some under-18's at National
Jamboree in 1997. This is a Boy Scout event, right? So, if I'm 18 (I
was), I'm an adult. But, I'm on youth staff, so I must be a youth. But
I'm registered as a ASM, which is an adult position, so I must be an
adult. But I'm bunking with guys who are clearly youths, and, since
youths and adults aren't allowed to bunk with each other, I'm a youth,
right? So which is it? When do I become an adult? Personally, part of
me is glad I'm turning 21 in Nov. Then my status is clear. Until then,
I'll just be confused some of the time.
<end of rant>
So what did I do about the problem at Jamboree? I decided if I was a both
a youth and an adult, then I'd take full advantage of it, and be whatever
was more convient at that moment. Want to trade patches with an adult?
Great, I'm an adult (over-18). Want to trade with a youth? Great, I'm
one of those too.
ASM Youth Leadership and Order of the Arrow
Great Southwest Council, Albuquerque, NM