scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Carrots and sticks in scouting
Jason Cruse (jcruse@SOCKET.NET
Wed Jun 21 2000 - 16:54:32 CDT
The discussion of "no wings, no wheels" etc has brought to mind another pet
peeve of mine in my troops (understand that there are few things in scouting
I hate more than no wings, no wheels...).
I really, really hate it when parents use scouting activities in general as
a weapon for grounding.
Now, let me qualify this remark. I am associated almost always with LDS
troops, where scouting is incorporated into the church program as part and
parcel of the youth program. Scouts is considered a church meeting; young
men are expected to be a part of their troop/team/crew as much as they are
expected to attend their Sunday meetings. So, I try to explain to parents
that if they wouldn't ground their son from Sunday worship services, they
shouldn't ground him from scout activities.
Now, personally, I'd feel the same way about scouts and grounding whether I
was in an LDS troop or not. It is funny to me how many parents will ground
their son from scouting---but not keep him out of the next sporting event,
band event and so forth. "But he's part of a team...he'll let everyone else
down. He has RESPONSIBILITY," is what I hear. Poppycock. A senior team
captain quarterback has no more responsibility than senior patrol leader
over 50 scouts, headed to Jamboree, lodge vice-chief, and so forth.
Now, granted, this latter youth isn't generally in the category of getting
hammered by mom and dad for coming in a 12:05 anyway....
My point is this: far too often, parents don't consider scouting as having
responsibility. It's just "fun." And therefore, it doesn't count. These
same parents don't give any thought to what happens if Johnny gets grounded,
a deserved grounding, but is still allowed to play his sport, but not attend
a PLC as the patrol leader or senior patrol leader, and so forth. I discuss
it with parents, write stuff about it in our newsletter and so forth. Some
people just don't seem to get it.
I really, really hate that.
Jason A. Cruse
Dept. of Political Science
University of Missouri-Columbia