Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Further questions on the marching thing
Re: Further questions on the marching thing
Mark and Kay Ranzenberger
Fri, 30 Jul 1999 13:07:23 +0000
People in perfect uniforms, doing good, sharp drill routines, look
Having said that, it's pretty challenging to get Scout-age young people
to get the snap and panache necessary to look good. This isn't just
Scouts; it's a matter of maturity. Watch a parade sometime and look at
the differences among the local middle school marching bands, the high
school marching bands and the university marching bands. We deal
primarily with middle-school age youth.
If the marching and drill doesn't snap, it looks like heck.
And sharp uniforming? Sigh. Someone on the list once said Scouts who try
to march look like the rear guard in a peasant rebellion. I would submit
that is the nature of the age group.
Personally, I'd rather spend my resources teaching my guys how to stay
warm, dry, well-fed and responsible while leaving no trace. I'll leave
teaching the drill and marching to the band teachers and the Young
Marines. They're better equipped than we are.
My 2 cents' worth.
SM, Troop 582
Harbor Beach, Mich.
"I used to be (an) (out-of-step) Bobwhite