scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: The "Days of the Week" series
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Fri Feb 19 1993 - 16:31:51 CST
Now that all seven of the "days of the week" articles have been posted, I
was asked why I named them with the days of the week.
Originally, they were designed to be published on that day of the week of
Scouting Anniversary Week, starting with Scout Sunday and moving onward
through the week.
In the Scout Sunday article, I stated in part:
"Each day of Scout Week was dedicated and demonstrated one of the seven (at
that time) methods of Scouting to the community:
(I reshuffled them to match up with the days of the week articles....)
*ideals - the Scout Oath and Law and the daily application of those ideas.
*service - to others, to the unit, and to himself and his family. Most
Troops and Packs hold service projects or contribute to canned food drives,
special programs for the elderly or infirmed, or perform personal services
like cleaning sidewalks of snow for people whom cannot do it themselves.
(Monday's article as well as the article called "Old Habits Die Hard" which
the Leaders' Online(tm) website. "Old Habits Die Hard" contain a word not
suited for either Embers nor Scouts-L.)
*patrol method - idea that youth lead and are the decision-makers of what
Scouting activities will take place.... (Tuesday's article, which was a
message" for Feburary 8th)
*uniform - not just a nice thing to wear, but the "billboard," "calling card"
and "daily reminder" of what Scouting is and what Scouts are. In many
communities, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are encouraged to wear their uniform
during school, at work and at other times during that week.
*advancement - each Scout "scores his own points" and "sets the goal" for his
advancement progress.... (Thursday's article - kinda...)
*outdoors - the idea that Scouting is done as an outdoor activity, to
strenghten minds and bodies.... (Friday's article - kinda...)
*adult (male back then) association - getting young men to rub elbows with
responsible adults so as to later follow their positive examples. During
this week, special dinners to honor adults (District and Council recognition
dinners, special Good Scouter dinners, and other programs) for their support
and willingness to do this unpaid important work (Saturday's article)"
The two weakest matchups are Thursday and Friday's, I admit. I chose to develop
new articles rather than to rely on those previously written for "Patches
and Pins" or the other two books.
Again, you are welcome to use any and all of them to support your unit,
District, or Council's effort in supporting the BSA/90 anniversary IN
ADDITION TO the official releases and information which is available from
your Council Service Center ("Council office"). These were NOT designed to
REPLACE those items in any means....just to give a different perspective on
the value of today's Scouting programs, as I've viewed them.
If you do use them, please credit both me AND THIS LIST (depending on which
list you're read or printed it from). It's more important to me to emphasize
that these items are part of the daily wealth of information found online
through electronic mail discussion and reflection lists than it is that
"Mike Walton wrote these..." It helps to build our membership, it helps
with the relationships between volunteers whom "are not plugged into the
Internet yet" and with those whom are, and most importantly, presents
additional resources for Scouters and parents. So, if its a decision in
space, do or say the LISTNAME over the AUTHOR. I won't feel slighted in
(and if your Council or District newsletter uses any of these, or your
newspaper uses any of these, please send me a paper copy. I could always
use another item for my portfolio! *smiling*)
Thanks for your patience and for enduring the minor "technical difficulty"
earlier in the week....I'll post these over to Leaders' Online (tm) on
Sunday evening or Monday.
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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