scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Lack of Scouting influence ??
JIM VAN HECKE (JVANHECKE@LANL.GOV
Mon May 01 2000 - 12:58:49 CDT
Well, Scouter Don, I am still trying to understand what some kids find
nerdy about camping, backpacking in New Mexico and Colorado, hiking, rock
climbing, repelling, sailing in the Florida Keys, sailing to the Channel
Islands off California, horseback packing in Montana (ouch), running the
Arkansas River, making a movie at Philmont with Marlin Perkins and Jim
Fowler, canoeing in the Boundary Waters, going to Jamboree, and earning
some fascinating merit badges. These are some highlights of what I have
been able to do in Scouting, Exploring (before Venturing) and as an adult
Scouter, and I thought they were pretty cool.
These are certainly activities that baggy pants wearing and tattooed gang
members aren't generally known for doing. (Boy, if they only knew where
the baggy pants thing REALLY got started). What is the measure of
"coolness". Who decides what is cool and what isn't. What is cool? If
anyone can tell me what I'm missing here, I'd appreciate it. I really
think it is a marketing and publicity failure on Scouting's part, that
people think Scouting is nerdy. The public doesn't see the activity
because they aren't out there where the Scouts are doing it. What the
public does see is a few newspaper articles of Eagle Scout Courts of Honor,
and write-ups about local Scout good turns, etc. We have to get the
activity stuff in front of the public.
At 09:25 AM 05/01/2000 , Donald R Izard wrote:
> I have found out that MANY High School aged kids - even some Eagles
> just do not want OTHERs to know about thier scouting activity.
> Too many times - scouting is linked to nerdism . . . I keep telling
> my OWN eagle scout son - to list Eagle Scout and his time as a
> Officer the the OA - on his resume - but he still resists.
> scouter don
Jim Van Hecke - I used to be an Owl, and I'll always be an Eagle
Vice President - Program, Great Southwest Council, Albuquerque, NM
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