scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: That extra push
Steve Hoar (shoar@INFINET.COM
Tue Feb 15 2000 - 20:21:14 CST
Over the years I have run into many many adults who reached the rank of
Life and regretted not having gone the final inch. Over that same period
of time I've worked with many boys to give them that extra push to go the
final inch. Invariably they return and thank me for giving them that extra
boot in the keester to get the job done. Correspondingly, the adults who
stalled at Life expressed the wish that they had had an adult leader who
would have pushed them to achieve their potential.
It is not unlike a sports team where the coach pushes the young athletes to
achieve what they are capable of achieving. Are we doing the boys a
disfavor by pushing the boys to do their best? Are we doing the boys a
favor if we let them stall out before they reach the finish line?
Many of us work with students in school every day. Do we let them quit
working at the C level when they are capable of being much better? Don't
we work with them to achieve excellence? Or are we satisfied with letting
them quit at any level they choose. To risk sounding like a commercial,
don't we owe it to them to help them be all that they can be.
I find it amusing that the same folks who would encourage excellence in
academics and sports are not willing to express the same level of
encouragement in achieving Eagle. I want the boys to look back on scouting
as an time in their life that they were able to go as far as they were
capable and that they had adult leaders who encouraged (pushed?) to reach
their limit. I don't want to listen to another generation of adults who
remember scouting with regrets.
Stephen M. Hoar
Simon Kenton Council, Ohio