scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Knots
Mark Adkins (madkins007@HOME.COM
Sat Apr 01 2000 - 23:32:04 CST
In Cub Scout basic, we address this a little during the general session on
"Advancement in the Pack". I open the session by checking to see if anyone
is listening, asking if there are any Cubs or Webelos around, then sharing a
"The patches and pins we give the Scouts are WORTHLESS!- sure, they are
technically worth about $1.80 at the Shop, but the actual pin or badge IS
NOT SCOUTING." I go on to tell them that the ONLY value the recognition has
is what they learned or did to receive it.
We talk about the fact that in the IDEAL WORLD, the boys and their families
and/or leaders do exiting things together- things to help them explore the
world and learn new skills or interests. As they do these things, they
occasionally receive cloth or metal momentos of the things they have done.
As leaders, we sometimes put the cart before the horse and do things
specifically to earn a badge- as in "today, we will work on the Artist
Activity Pin", rather than "OK, you guys said you wanted to try your hands
at cartooning? Let's give it a whirl. Lessee, if we only have these colors,
how can we mix them to paint the cartoons?" We reinforce it at Courts of
Honor by giving out the badges with no explanation of what they did or why
we give the badges in the first place.
Ah, if only we really lived in that ideal world!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dale & Donna Buss" <buss_family@HOTMAIL.COM>
Sent: Saturday, April 01, 2000 9:32 AM
> <<snip>> Now, if I could just get about half a dozen parents to realize
> Scout arrow points, patches, badges, WEbelos pins are NOT CUB SCOUTING and
> more does not make a "great" scout, I'd be in 7th heaven!
> (The same happens in my Boy Scout troop with merit badges...some scouts
> not do certain things --like BSA lifeguard-- because there is no new merit
> badge they will earn!)