scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Opinion - CS/BS Program/Training Failure
Bob Riley (Cubmaster639@AOL.COM
Fri Nov 26 1999 - 13:44:52 CST
Dave, Mike B, Barry, Jeff, Cheryl, so many wise mentors on this list.
(Not nearly the complete list!) It wasn't too long ago I was new,
as in green, to this Scouting thing. I put out some questions to the list
and the responses themselves were a snapshot of the problem
Some responded and treated me like an intuder into their
high school clique. Some attacked me for asking stupid, ignorant
questions. Ignorant? Guilty. Stupid? Are there stupid questions
in Scouting? And there are always those whose flame gun
is never off.
However, there was a small group of you who
took me under your wings and showed me the path I was
looking for. And yet, some of those in that group didn't feel safe
in publicly responding to my cries for help. How sad.
It's sad that there has to be an underground in Scouting of people
who really know what this is all about. They have to stay underground
because the narrowminded happen to have the biggest mouths.
Ever notice that those who see the light are always the quietest?
Back in May I was in a local hardware store getting some lengths
of rope to present as Belly Ropes (thanks to Bob Wright) to our
First Year Webelos at our pack crossover ceremony. The young
man helping me divulged, with pride, how he had been in Cub
Scouts as a Tiger Cub and how he crossed over into Boy Scouts
with his Arrow of Light Award.
When I asked him if he had stayed in Boy Scouts his face dropped.
He said that yes, he had stayed in Boy Scouts but, that he didn't
get his Eagle Award. He said, "I only got as high as Life Scout".
All those years in Scouting. All those achievements and lessons
and experiences that that young man should have been proud of
was ignored because somewhere along the line one or more of his
leaders, either directly or indirectly, made him to feel that he was
a failure because he didn't achieve one particular achievement in a
long line of achievements.
What's that percentage of boys who make Eagle? Was this young
man any less successful because he "only" went from Tiger Cub
to Life Scout? I think salmon have a better chance at returning to
their birthplace than this young man had of making his journey.
When ya'll keep saying Eagle this and Eagle that do you realize that
you are leaving out the vast majority of Scouts who didn't reach the
bell at the top of the pole? Yet, it was boys like that young man in
the hardware store who helped to hold that pole up for the rest.
Oh, by the way, he was co-owner of that store.
Barry is right. It's not the knots on our chests or the patches we wear
that matters. How many of us were in someone elses thanks this
The question we ask ourselves each and every day should not
be, "Am I making those with the power and money happy?"
We should be asking ourselves,
"Am I delivering the promise?"....... period.
And let's keep in mind "who" we are are delivering to.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.
Cubmaster & Webelos DL