Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Re-Testing
Fri, 10 Dec 1999 11:01:09 EST
I am less concerned about re-testing at later points in a Scouts career than
I am for giving the boy the opportunity to "really learn" the skills. In
other words, it seems to me that the real learning occurs when the skill is
practiced and taught. Therefore, instead of retesting, I would encourage the
leader to make sure the boy has the opportunity to teach.
On the other hand, I will tell one story on my own Scouting family. When my
oldest Eagle Scout son acquired a brand new Scoutmaster for our rather small
troop, that Scoutmaster (an Eagle himself) turned to my son and asked him to
set up the fly on a winter campout. John put it up alright, but the new SM
went over to the ends of the guy lines and almost fell over. My son had tied
a series of about 15 grannies and overhands and all the other junk that a kid
ties when he has no idea how to tie a knot.
>From then on that SM (who I dearly appreciate to this day) required an Eagle
candidate to tie the six basic knots at his Eagle SM conference.
Isn't it a nice feeling when you realize that your son can be a force for
positive good. Even if only by poor example.
Yours in Scouting,
G. John Marmet