scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: "Sir Names?" The Adult Association Method
Tue Apr 11 2000 - 09:06:59 CDT
>So much of Scouting is positive male role modeling and certainly, one of the
>"rewards" for a boy growing older in the Scouting environment is that they
>do learn to become more comfortable with men, learn the ways and mores of
>the tribe, so to speak . With that growth and knowledge should come the
>recognition that they are soon to leave boyhood behind and by rights be able
>to call us by our given names. I think it is my job to be a transitional
>figure in their lives; a SM should be one of the first adults a boy should
>feel comfortable calling other than Mr.
Very well said. I believe the Scouts are responsible for working the Eight
Methods of Scouting. Sir Names would come under the Adult Association Method. If
a Scout is to trust the adult as the Master of Scouting, he must first respect
him as a person of experience and wisdom. The Scout should see adults as mentors
who are giving back the knowledge of living with in the Scout Oath and Law.
However, the Adult Association Method is a two way street, we adults must trust
that the Scouts knows how to live by the Scout Law and Oath, then become the
compassionate teachers and guides only when it clear that they don't, not
before. We must gain the respect of the Scouts as their mentors and role models.
I like the way Bob shows respect for the Scouts growth and maturity by treating
and excepting them more as an adult. Not to many of us do that these days. Great
advice, Thanks Bob.