scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Scout Spirit and Advancement
Sun Apr 23 2000 - 17:11:56 CDT
In a message dated 4/23/00 10:45:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
"Embarrassed to be a Scout" as a criterion for denial of advancement? It
sounds absurd to me.
My thought is that while the youth might be embarrassed to boast that he is a
Scout, his advancement should depend upon how he acts as a Scout, and does
that behavior carry to his everyday life. From the initial post, it sounds
as though it does.
How many adults boast of their religious organization in the workplace? For
one thing, it might not be acceptable to one's employer. And yet, that
individual might be a particularly active member of his/her congregation.
Perhaps the Scout has a similar problem in venues other than Scouting
Is the Board of Review properly composed of Committee Members who are using
their position to determine if the Troop Program is adequate? What sort of
question was asked to produce a result such as this?
I still like the requirement "definition" of Scout Spirit as found in my
Handbook from the late 1950s and early 1960s:
.......satisfy your Scout Leaders that you do your best, in your everyday
life, to live up to:
Scout Oath or Promise
During Boards of Review in our Troop, one of the members will usually ask the
Scout for an example of how he does this. We don't usually look for a
negative such as being embarrassed to be a Scout.
Some time ago, I found a Scoutmaster's Minute, probably from Scouts_L, about
an individual entering a House of Worship in less than pristine attire; he
didn't fit the image. There were those who thought he should not be there.
All was resolved when one of the senior members of the congregation joined
the visitor by sitting on the floor with him. It is more important for one
to be there, than not.
We need to keep this young man in Scouting. He needs to be there, and we
need to be there for him.
A little postscript: In high school, my son ate lunch every day with two
other individuals. He and friend Brian both earned their Eagle. The third
was a young lady who was an Explorer (and at one point, named the outstanding
Explorer of the then Valley Forge Council). They became collectively known,
in school, as the three BSers for their association with the Boy Scouts. I
think that they were all pretty proud of their accomplishments. But then, I
don't think that any of them would wear a Scout Uniform to school during
Troop 3 ambler, PA
Cradle of Liberty Council