scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: BSA 1999 Annual Report Online
Alexandria Lone Scout (scouts_alex@HOTMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 10 2000 - 01:54:46 CDT
The report is interesting and valuable to read through.
The introductory statement in the e-mail is well said.
"Scouting's program of character development teaches young people concepts
like respect and responsibility, values that are as relevant today as they
were when Scouting was founded 90 years ago."
At its core the scouting movement has not changed. Nor does it need to
change. I've spent nearly 44 years in the movement and the core values and
mission haven't changed in my mind. The delivery has changed, improved
markedly, and will continue to change to meet the challenges of a society
that has changed very rapidly in just the past few years. The mission and
core values haven't changed however. To stand still on the delivery methods
is to wither and die.
>From my vantage point, the organization appears to be sometimes confused as
to its mission and all to willing to bend to winds that don't necessarily
reflect the views of its membership. When any organization gets confused as
to its mission it tends to trip. There are some that would say that BSA, the
organization, has been confused and forgotten, or missplaced, its core
mission of serving all youth and assisting its members in character
development and maturity. Its mission is not serving the political agendas
of its sponsoring institutions.
Here in Egypt Scouting is viewed as a liberalizing influence on society and
is not prospering at the moment. The society it serves is becoming
increasingly sectarian and intolerant. The concept of lads from diverse
backgrounds working together in harmony form the common good is a hard sell
Yours in Scouting,
Alexandria Lone Scouts, BSA
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