scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Council Web Site Rules
Steve Hoar (shoar@INFINET.COM
Wed Mar 15 2000 - 05:44:43 CST
What was/were the problems that brought about this requirement for another
set of rules?
One of the real disturbing tendencies of this country as well as scouting
is that we try to have a set of rules that defines every facet of behavior
in extreme detail. Too often, when something happens, we launch off in
the chant 'there ought to be a law'. It seems to be cheaper and faster to
pass a new set of laws/rules rather than applying existing rules.
Yes, there needs to be rules and guidelines to run a program and for
introducing new folks into a program. But, we are creating a set of rules
that has grown in such volume that no one person can fully get his arms
around them. We have made so many that merely taking a troop on an outing
probably violates several rules the minute we think about it.
In this discussion of web site rules I see one person after another propose
another item for the list. There are enough sets of rules out there on
internet safety where we don't have to invent another one. There are
enough sets of rules on the use/abuse of scouting symbols that we don't
need another set.
I see the same tendency creeping into all of scouting whether it be on
internet, advancement, equipment, uniforms, etc. Some are attempting to
define it in such excruciating detail, in an effort to have scouting run in
their deified vision, that we are working ourselves into a state of
paralysis. To all of you folks who try to define every aspect of our
lives in minute detail I say, knock it off. Some of us out here are still
willing and capable of thinking on our own.
"There out to be a law..."
Stephen M. Hoar
Simon Kenton Council, Ohio