scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: A different version of the question.
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG
Tue Feb 29 1972 - 15:29:55 CST
On Mon, 28 Feb 2000, Donald R Izard wrote:
> Dale - I am finding the replys very interresting . . .
> So far you are the ONLY one that had ANY agreement
> with my idea that we should be teaching scouts to
> learn SOME of the material on thier own.
> All the rest think we have to spoon feed the scouts,
> and provide effective "entertainment" to keep them.
I do NOT think the Scouts need to be spoon-fed. However, nor do I think
they should show up at the first meeting ready to be rubber-stamped
because they've done the work on their own.
The Requirements book I have at hand right now (1993) very specifically
says on pg 10, column 1 near the bottom: "The counselor may ask both of
you to come and see him so he can explain what he expects..." followed by
the beginning of a new paragraph "When you know what is expected, start
to learn and do the things required." Another resource given our son
when he was a youth flatly said "Do not start work on this badge before
seeing your counselor."
The ORDER is important: first you contact the MBC, and meet with him,
AND THEN you start the requirements.
The impression left by the first post was that the Scout should show up
at the first session already primed with the answers and advanced
questions. THAT is what I at least oppose, for the reasons stated in my
earlier public post on this. Moreover, the Requirments books appear to
rule out pre-contact independent action from the Scout.
Whether that's what BSA intends that passage to do is a different issue,
but as it reads ...