scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Delivering the Promise
Bobby J. Maynard (REDDOGSIX@AOL.COM
Fri Mar 03 2000 - 17:24:53 CST
I'm rather new to the list, so if you have had this discussion before, I
apologize for asking for another discussion.
I've been asked to present a class on Delivering the Promise to our
University of Scouting next month. In preparation of my lesson plan I seek
your thoughts on this subject.
I am quite familiar with the words as written on page 1 of the BSHB, but I am
asking you to, as the current phrase goes, think outside of the box. For
What do the words we read on page 1 really mean�all fun and no work? Can the
boys accuse us of misleading them when we introduce such things as service
projects, advancement, and skills development? Are we really deceiving them
by giving them an education in values, but disguising it as fun?
Is this phrase �Delivering the Promise� applicable only to troops or is it
generic to all three programs (packs, troops, crews)? If not, do we have a
promise to the Cubs and Venturing�what is it? Is this (Delivering the
Promise) in conflict with our Aims? How do we balance the promise of nothing
but fun (as implied on page 1 of the BSHB) with our role as teachers of the
values associated with character development, citizenship training, and
personal fitness growth?
What are some of the tools we can use to measure how well we are delivering
the promise? What could be considered the norm or the standard in the
delivery? Is there a weakness on our part in delivering the promise? If so,
what kind of training program do we need to fix it?
I would be interested in some philosophical thoughts on this subject as well
as some plain old Scout thoughts. I would be particularly interested in
thoughts held by some of our younger (in age) leaders as well as from those
who have many, many years serving and influencing our youth. Mike Walton, I
specifically request your thoughts on this subject because I really respect
the things you say.
BTW, if any of you have a prepared lesson plan on this subject and would be
willing to share it with me I would appreciate it. You could send it to me off
Thanks in advance.