scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Excuse me, but...
Wed Mar 15 2000 - 14:19:18 CST
With all due respect to John Unger, and I think his comments are valid, many of
the issues (not all, but many) involve the interpretations of the "guidelines"
provided in the many references John directed us too. And many of the questions
involve how to put into effect those "guidelines" in a program that might be in
non-compliance. That's what makes this forum valuable to folks new to this
wonderful game and at the same time interesting to folks who have been playing
it a long time. It gives us an opportunity to discuss and examine the various
sides of the issues.
Quite a few of the more knowledgeable members of this list have read the
material and in some cases even had input into the wording, but differences of
opinion and interpretation still exist. A recent example would be Scoutmasters
assigning merit badge counselors rather than giving the Scout an approved list.
Many comments have been made about why BSA (or other organizations represented
here) don't just put out a set of rules and eliminate all of the
interpretations, but that is precisely what makes this game so much fun. We can
work our respective programs into the guidelines in a way that fits our
particular situations. What works in Peoria may not necessarily work with the
same effectiveness in Phoenix. And those of us with new situations or
situations that we may feel could be improved, can ask others for their
experiences and/or thoughts.
All of the resources John mentioned should certainly be considered, and may
provide an answer or solution that is more relevant to a persons particular
query, but with the exception of policy STATEMENTS (emphasis not shouting) are
no more or less valid than the OPINIONS (ditto) expressed on this list, which
often are easier and faster to come by than using the other resources listed.
Thank you for your attention,