Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Scout Spirit
Re: Scout Spirit
Sat, 28 Aug 1999 09:39:07 EDT
In a message dated 8/28/99 7:52:46 AM, chaflesl@ISU.EDU writes:
<<How do you all count that a Scout is demonstrating having Scout spirit?
One of the ways that I can tell is if a boy is wearing a Scout uniform.
Am I wrong in having the boys wear a Scout uniform to show Scout spirit?>>
Ouch, the answer is "it depends". Wearing the uniform, pride in membership,
demonstration of being "part of the team", all can be part of the definition
of Scout Spirit. There are a number of factors that also come into play on
the "uniform thing" however that can make using it for rank advancement
difficult. Most of those deal with the nature of your troop and the attitude
of parents. If you are keeping these in mind, then yes, it is an indicator.
Our approach leads more towards looking at how a youth supports the words
contained in the oath and law however. Participation in activities (service
projects, special events, campouts, troop meeting), attitude, and willingness
to work as part of "the team". Areas of emphasis from the Law (typically)
are: trustworthy, helpful, courteous, and friendly. Areas from the Oath
(again typically) relate to the Duty to Others (service). While uniforming
becomes an indicator of some of this, it is not an area that we place
significant emphasis (in terms of Scout Spirit).
Hope this helps. Feel free to Email directly if you have questions
BSA Troop 225 (Central Florida Council)
BSA Troop 252 (Atlanta Area Council)
BSA Troop 277 (Atlanta Area Council)
"I used to be an Antelope" (SR51)