scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Webelos-awards
Daniel Hammond (danhammondsr@YAHOO.COM
Fri Jun 02 2000 - 23:17:09 CDT
I'm cross-posting this to Cub-ScoutTalk and Scouts-L as I believe
that the subject bears repeating in as many forums as I can manage to
Danielle wrote an excellent message that had lots of good
information, but this part really caught my eye.
"By the way, good for you trying to rescue the program from those
parents/leaders who lost sight of the whole point: doing something
for the boys that helps them grow and learn, and preps them for Boy
Scouts. I think if people can keep their eyes/minds on the purpose,
it makes doing the job much easier and more fun."
Two key points here:
For the boys.
Focus on the purposes.
"If it's not for the boys, it's for the birds," is a phrase I've seen
repeatedly on another list to which I subscribe. We all do it for
the boys. If that's not our inner motivation, maybe we should let
someone else do it.
As a trainer I try to open every session whith a quick review of the
Aims, Purposes and Methods. Remember that really boring part of
basic training? That's the one session I always ask to do at
training. Even as a Cubmaster and former Committee Chairman, I
sometimes ask the committee which of the Aims and Purposes our
activities reinforce. Especially when the activities seem to be
headed astray from what we try to do with the BSA program. If they
can't point out which ones that particular activity works for, I
suggest we consider a different activity.
And I always try to remind my Cub Scouting counterparts that we are
not in the business of creating "mini-Boy Scouts." We're preparing
our boys to become Boy Scouts when the time is appropriate.
Again, for the boys, with a focus on the purposes. We can't ever go
wrong that way.
Daniel D. Hammond, Sr.
CM Pack 225, District Committee, Army Major, Olympia, WA
I Used to be an Owl...
We should prepare boys for their future, not our past
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