Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Letter to the Coach
Re: Letter to the Coach
Mon, 30 Aug 1999 23:05:17 -0500
When a youth chooses to participate in athletics, he is "doing" Scouts.
As his Scoutmaster, I am pleased whether he is at a baseball practice or
at a Scout meeting. Either way, he is exemplifying the Oath and Law and
I am very proud of him.
I expect the Scout to call me or his Senior Patrol Leader if he cannot
attend any meeting. I also expect him to call his coach if he is going
camping. A Scout is courteous.
Scouting is about commitment. Commitment to God. Commitment to
country. Commitment to family. Commitment to self. If one of my
Scouts commits to a team to physically improve himself and learn
teamwork, I expect him to follow through on this commitment. I really
don't care if he made the commitment because his Mom or Dad pushed him
into sports. They are his parents. He should obey them.
As for the coaches, recruit them. This last summer, five of my
assistants were baseball coaches. I was proud of them and supported
them to the best of my ability.
As for those who think that Scouting is not competitive, think again.
Scouting teaches all of us the essence of competition and the ethical
pursuit of excellence.
As for those who think Scouting is not about athleticism, think again.
The pusuit of physical fitness and mental stamina is two-thirds of the
Strongly encourage your Scouts to participate in sports. Scouts make
good athletes. Athletes make great Scouts.
BTW, the Scout in band or drama is every bit the athlete as the football
player or the gymnast.
See ya round the bend.
Mud Dogs 54