scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Lighten Up Already
Steve Nodine (snodine@MEDIAONE.NET
Tue Mar 14 2000 - 16:40:04 CST
I have been following the latest thread about assigning/approving Merit
Badge Counselors with great amusement. All I can add to the discussion is
this - LIGHTEN UP ALREADY! Geez, this is yet another common sense issue that
is being beaten to death. Let's not dissect every single word looking for
hidden meanings. Let's not speculate on what National "really means". Let's
apply some common sense and get on with it.
In my Troop I never "assign" a MB counselor. I ask the Scout if he needs
help finding a counselor. If he does, I hand him the list from Council
containing all the counselors and let him find one. He may have a number of
criteria for choosing a particular counselor - maybe he wants to work with
one close to his home, maybe he knows one through his buddies in another
Troop, maybe he worked with a particular counselor on another badge, maybe,
maybe, maybe... We have always done it this way. Is it the "right" way? To
be perfectly honest - I don't care. I have other, more important things to
worry about. I'm going to spend my energy making sure the Scouts in my Troop
have a good program and have FUN.
This list is spending too much time on minutia. The last time I posted to
this list I asked for some ideas about a Scoutmaster Minute to cover a
specific issue. I received a grand total of 2 responses. I realized at that
time that too many of us are spending too much time quoting from all our
sources. I've stayed a member of the list but I usually only read about 10%
of the messages completely. Some threads I ignore after the first few
responses because people say the same things over and over. I completely
ignore some people on the list because their contributions has proven to be
Some suggestions to all of us:
1) Read through the messages on the list before you post something about a
subject - someone may have already covered the material.
2) After a thread has been going two or three days - do not post a "Re:" -
by that time nobody cares. If you must, reply to the originator - not the
3) Read your posts before you send them and then run them through a spell
checker. No spell checker? Get a dictionary then.
4) Thank your lucky stars that there is a list like this in a country like
this where we can talk like this. Thanks Jon!
I expect to get hammered because of this but that's ok (see #4 above).
Hammer away because, you see, it doesn't matter and I don't care. I will go
to my Troop meeting on Tuesdays and do the best job I can for the Scouts. I
will continue to read the posts on this list (or 10% of them anyway) because
every once in a while there is some useful information that is passed along.
Unfortunately "every once in a while" is not nearly often enough.
Yours in Scouting,
Scoutmaster, Troop 34
Advancement Chairman, Troop 173
I used to be an Antelope (C-05-97)