scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Putting on the brakes
Bob Lazell (rlazell@QED.NET
Mon Aug 21 2000 - 05:32:17 CDT
> that if these Scouts were not yet ready to work on requirements for Star
> Rank, then why were they awarded First Class rank?
Fulfilling the requirements for one rank says absolutely nothing regarding
being ready for the next. There seems to be some confusion in this
situation regarding the difference between the early ranks and their clear
(well mostly) list of skills and tasks to be mastered and performed and the
three highest ranks where it is roles that the Scout oath and law play in a
Scouts life that are accessed.
I too wonder about how in such a short time these boys met all the
requirements. But, be that as it may, they have been "signed off" and are
1st class Scouts. I congratulate them. Now it is time for them to learn to
live as Scouts which is far more than occupying a position. Nowhere do you
say anything about what the leaders of this troop, the boys, have to say on
this issue. What is the SPLs opinion of the readiness of these boys to
lead? The positions of scribe, librarian, quartermaster are appointed ones
which I certainly hope is the responsibility of the boys in your troop. As a
SM I am highly responsive to my boy leaders and it is they, not the
committee, who would be in a position to ask me for a SM assigned job for a
boy who is ready. Perhaps "putting on the brakes" is a poor phrase to be
used, nobody is stopping these boys from learning and growing as Scouts.
So, step back committee, (mom, dad, whomever) and let the SM you have chosen
do his job and more importantly, let the boys alone to learn what it is to
be a Scout. Let them decide to ask their boy leaders to double up, not you;
let them decide that they are ready, not you; let them judge each others
readiness to lead, not you; let them show their SM Scout spirit; let them be
the ones to run their troop.
Bob Lazell SM
Valley Cottage, NY