scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: SM or PLC?
dave beaver (xl23795@SWBELL.NET
Wed Mar 15 2000 - 10:30:00 CST
Joseph Alessi wrote:
"Likewise, the PLC shouldn't be allowed to decide that the unit won't go
to summer camp."
Sure they should. If they have good Scout reasons for not going to a
Council Camp, they should be allowed to make decisions based upon their
reasons. Maybe they can't afford a camp. Maybe they've decided that
they'd like to keep their Patrol method intact instead of gutted at a
summer camp where the staff and program is clueless about Patrol method.
Joseph, all the other things you mentioned such as "smoke shifters" are
clearly not "Scout." Scouts who would do these things are clearly
violating the Oath and Law. Your summer camp example is not the same.
A PLC may
decide that following the Oath and Law means doing their own summer
camp. Should they be supported by the adults and committee?
Absolutely. Who do we owe our loyalty to first? Our Scouts. Not a
Council summer camp.
My unit is pretty luck. We have two great camps in our Council and a lot
of great camps in surrounding councils. However, I have heard of some
camps that aren't so great. I've read posts on this list about adults
who insisted on taking their Scouts to camp with knowledge of health and
safety violations. Who's following the Scout Law?
If your PLC has good Scout reasons, support them. Sure, they'll fail
every once in awhile. Heck, if they were perfect there wouldn't be a
reason for Scouts. Any adults out there who want to lay a claim to
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