scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: What Sayeth the List?
Bill Sheehan (w.sheehan.jr@POSTOFFICE.WORLDNET.ATT.NET
Tue Feb 15 2000 - 14:37:46 CST
> From: Joseph T Gulick <troop212@JUNO.COM>
> Subject: Re: What Sayeth the List?
The only acceptable excuses are illness/death, homework, and
> school activities. This DOES NOT include band, sports, or other
> extracurricular activities that they have a CHOICE of being a part of.
> So, if the SPL decides not to go on campouts in our Troop, we would be
> replaced, as he wouldn't be meeting the 85% rule in our Troop.
I've calmed down, but I'm till fired up about this.
One: Band is a class. It gets a grade and it is part of the accum!! It
may even count towards an honors accum. That statement is as stupid as
saying he didn't have to take another year of Spanish, he should have
had his butt at the PLC meeting instead of doing homework!!
Second: You have no right to declare what is more important: Sports,
band, chess club or Boy Scouts!! Our last SPL was on Deans list, and
started all 10 games as tight end. In that time he missed or was late
for every meeting and missed all the campouts until December. (Those
games he started are played on weekends!) He did go to all campouts he
could, he did take part in the fund raisers, he did work with the
younger scout patrol, he did go to summer camp. He did complete his
project and his merit badges. He had his Eagle BOR last Tuesday. The
same day he signed his letter of intent. Thank goodness he was both a
Scout and played football. The coach who signed him like that fact.
Third: Some kids aren't born rich. They need those things you call
"extracurricular activities" to get into college. I used a partial BAND
scholarship to go to college, myself.
Your policy is short sighted in my opinion. Some kids do not have what
you call a "CHOICE". You shouldn't limit their options even more.