scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Excused abscences
Mon Feb 21 2000 - 15:46:50 CST
>I just want to ask that you not include band in 'extracurricular
Since I did not take that other job I want to say, as a man whose father made
his living as a Band Director for 41 years and who still is making money off
of school music program, even if it IS a 'extracurricular activity' in your
school district, this is one of the things Scouting should support.
Go around the bandroom during a rehearsal and find out just EXACTLY how many
of your band members are "closet" Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts and you'll be
shocked at how high the percentage is. Also shocked by the number of the band
members who make it to Eagle/Gold because they seem to be committed and
understand responsibility a little better (maybe practicing every day DOES
teach them something???). Add the kids that are school leaders and high GPA's
and you'll be far above the level of potential youth leaders than anyplace
else in the school....
Put it another way, the kids in band were the only ones NOT surprised and
congratulating me for "sticking it out" when I got my Eagle in the 70's. I
doubt it has changed much.
And now the story: Band director was real tough. Kids couldn't miss ANYTHING
for ANYTHING ELSE. Had to be there for every Marching Band performance. Kid
walked in and said, "I'm sorry Mr. ___, I have to miss the football game
friday night, I know its hard on you but you see, I got a letter telling me I
could get my Vigil Honor by coming to this thing in the woods this weekend
and its my only chance."
Well, Mr. ___, Vigil Honor himself and with an Eagle Son off at college and a
daughter serving on the EOA Exec. Bd. at the time let the kid go off to the