scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: What Sayeth the List?
Bob Koch (Yanksnum1@AOL.COM
Tue Feb 15 2000 - 21:38:30 CST
I too, like many others read some of the comments from scouters in a puzzling
manner. I have always maintained the following attitude toward attendance:
The boy had to decide what he wants to do. It is his decision and it is part
of the maturation process. One of the benefits that Scouting yields to the
boys is the ability to schedule and manage their time. However, there are
caveats ... if a boy hasn't met the "active" scout or the position of
responsibility requirements he must live by his decision (decided to do
something else instead of scouting). Many times, we can't have it both ways.
Many times, the boy will be getting some other award (trophy or medal or
...) for his activity in another area of interest.
For older Boys/leaders, what constitutes "active"?
I have always viewed this differently than most. I think that it is
important for a scout to be well-rounded. However, if he has a leadership
position and he can't be there MOST of the time, he has to be replaced. (its
not fair to the boys he is responsible to lead)
Eagerness/Effort to participate:
If a boy had a game on a Saturday, AM he would be expected to make it out
to the campout after the game and stay until Sunday when the rest of the
troop leaves. If a boy takes the attitude of "making the best effort
possible" to participate than I count that as "being there".
BTW, for my children, I have enforced encouraged them to prioritize in this
School and church, Scouting (promotion of physical fitness and citizenship)
and then athletics (non-school team)
Suffolk County Council