scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Important Update (Why) - In Reply
Darryl Hammill (darryl.hammill@NCMAIL.NET
Tue Feb 08 2000 - 08:38:15 CST
"Should we continue to be an organization that promotes the abilities or
accomplishments of the sole individual as always more important, than
the concept of the individual working for the greater good of the whole (den
The way I see this is that in a Troop (or a Patrol) the individual earns his
rank advancement as an individual. But, many of the rank requirements are only
things you can accomplish in a Patrol method. So, to me, I see it as an
individual award earned in a group setting.
"Yet, what do his actions show by dropping attendance, etc... just because he
individual) has reached his goal; while his team (den) is still working to
He had completed all the requirements. He should have been awarded for the
achievement instead of being forced to wait. I think if the Pack had followed
the rules in this matter the young man would could have been encouraged to help
his fellow Scouts. Instead, he was turned off and we almost lost him as a Scout.
"I am glad that most fourteen and fifteen year old Eagle Scouts, don't approach
Scouting with the same mindset as this young Webelos Scout."
I too am often amazed at how far these young men grow from the time they bridge
to the time the complete their Eagle. I think the reason their mindset changes
is because the requirements for Rank require group involvement and leadership to
achieve individual accomplishments. The rules are set up to make this occur.
Also, if the Troop truly follows the Patrol Method an "ownership" occurs in
Troops (that I do not see occur in Packs).
Just my 2 cents. I join you now in the "flame retardant" zone! :)