scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: puzzled
Anthony Hitchings (AHitchi@BART.GOV
Fri Apr 14 2000 - 10:04:17 CDT
Answer me this,
Why do I need to know about the spectacular achievements of an Eagle scout I
don't know or will probably never meet? Is it not enough for him to be
recognized by his peers and those within his community? Call me cynical (others
have), but I have never been impressed by form letters that were read aloud at
Court's of Honor (I've been to lots), and some of the messages on Scouts-L seem
to be flagrant begging for email versions of same.
I guess what really bothers me is the "solicitation" aspect of it, just like
that pesky phone solicitation we all (mostly) hate so much.
If we all started bragging on our Troop's scouts, the list would be choked (I
could do some big-time bragging on one of our scouts, but I'll be darned if I am
OK - go ahead and flame me
Grumpy in San Mateo.
P.S. I really enjoy Scouts-L as a forum to exchange ideas and provide support
to scouters, can we keep it to that focus? One of the amazing things about
Scouts-L is the variety of approaches to a problem that can all be successful,
i.e., there are many "right" ways.
P.P.S. Don't be offended if your teenager refuses your help with work on his
new junker (auto), it might just be that he wants to understand how something
works (especially wiring), and wisely understands that doing it himself will
yield the needed result, whereas having Dad do it will not). This wisdom came
as a bit of a shock to me, since I had looked forward to helping my son with his
sand rail and his 73 Opel GT.