scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Cub scout placement/advancement
Dale & Donna Buss (buss_family@HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 01 2000 - 10:37:45 CST
Here would be my comments on your pack dilemma. Decide and get on with it.
We have parents of Cub Scouts who are only interested in getting the most
badges, pins etc to put on the shirts. They miss the whole point
entirely....scouting is a purpose with the emphasis on fun. Parents/adults
should be having fun in scouting, too. Don't dwell on the past. Get on
with the future and make the most of it.
Here would be my SUGGESTIONS:
1. Personally, without knowing the boy, I would encourage him to stay with
his group. However, ask the boy. Don't lose a scout because adults are
arguing over details. Explain the pros and cons.
2. Same response as #1. All troops/packs/dens can receive training on
working with scouts with disabilities. We are having a program on it at our
Roundtable this month. The family may not be able to afford the
transportation to a troop with all disabled scouts and the scout may want to
stay with his friends. It is a good experience for all.
3. Rank advancement is not just age and completing requirements. Which den
meets his scouting needs the best. Was he bored with Wolfs? Is he lost in
Bears? It probably would have been nice to get his Wolf badge.
Unfortunately, it seems that getting the most badges for your dollar is a
problem throughout scouting. We forget, it is a program which teaches boys
to have fun!
4. You did the right thing....you thought of the needs of the scout!
Bears Den Leader, Committee Secretary and Stand-in Cubmaster until one is
Donna S. Buss
Media, IL 61460
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