scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Important Update (Why)
Katherine Coates (Tuwanda@AOL.COM
Mon Feb 14 2000 - 11:48:45 CST
Let's bump Ken's comments up a notch to a problem we have in troops with
incoming Webelos leaders: I have seen situations many times where a Webelos
leader takes over a new Boy Scout patrol. One year later all of the boys
under his/her enthusiastic care are first class except one or two who are
still at tenderfoot. When the advancement committee notices this, everyone
wonders what happened!!! How could this boy not have advanced in all this
Well, I can tell you EXACTLY why. The new patrol advisor (former Web den
leader) jumped in gungho, planned activities** wherein the boys could do
advancements (first aid trainings, swimming parties to work on swimming req.,
etc.). However, one or two boys maybe missed the swim party or the first aid
Now in the leader's mind, the subjects were covered and completed; time to
move on. BUT this is not correct. Unlike the Web program where all you have
to do is a certain number of badges (some required, others elective) in Boy
Scouts all boys have to do the SAME SET requirements to advance to First
Class. A leader cannot have the been-there-done-that-as-a-group mindset
Also, since boys are different from each other, each works at his own pace.
Actually, this is the way the entire scouting program is laid out from Tiger
to Eagle. And whereas we can't hold a boy back to the slower pace of the
group, by the same token we can't make a boy feel he is unworthy because he
is slower than the pace of the group.
The keep-up-or-get-out way of thinking seems to me very contrary to the aims
and methods of Scouting. Our boys are individuals; the program is tailored
to that; we need to never forget it. Just my humble yet informed opinion.
Katherine Coates, ASM Troop 28
Santa Ana, CA
** We won't even get into the boy-run thing here. We all know with new
scouts and zealous new leaders that this kind of thing happens.