scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Putting on the Brakes
William Sheehan, Jr. (w.sheehan.jr@POSTOFFICE.WORLDNET.ATT.NET
Mon Aug 21 2000 - 12:59:45 CDT
> Subject: Putting on the Brakes
> After a very active Spring program and a good summer camp, our Troop has a
> group of 10 "new" Scouts (crossed over from Webelos in early March) who
> now earned First Class Rank. They are all looking for "Positions of
> Responsibility" to help them achieve Star Rank. Unfortunately, they
> eligible to run for an elected position during Troop elections a few weeks
> ago (our Troop requires Scouts to be First Class Rank for all positions,
> these boys just missed the deadline.
> Is this situation a way of getting boys to spend more time in a rank (to
> mature or whatever)? Have other Troops seen value in slowing down a
> progress to avoid "Scouting burnout"? I'm thinking that our Troop has
> provided an unreasonable obstacle to these Scouts, but I'm willing to be
I know I'm going to get beat up for this, but I have to ask "Rather that the
troop slowing boys down, who is pushing these boys?" And are they getting
the TRUE program when they are rushed. I can not fathom how TEN boys went
from scout to first class in 4.5 months and REALLY performed/learned the
tasks required to attain first class. Boys do not learn at the same speed.
Learning the First Aid requirements, alone, should separate the date when
these boys earn rank advancements. We have an pretty active troop and I have
trouble figuring how a boy can participate in 10 activities (especially when
you must exclude troop and patrol meetings.) in less than five months. Even
at 1 campout and a patrol outing a month not one boy missed ANY activity in
5 (oops make that 4.5) months? I can't imagine how 10 boys got through the
cooking/menu requirements for 1st/2nd that quick.
It seems to me that they are being pushed. Let them be new Scouts and
learn/practice those skills. They are skills for life, not just for
advancement. They should be taken to heart. Let the boys progress as
individuals. This will take longer, but they will get something out of it
besides a nifty cloth badge. Some boys will have to take their turn. That is
a lesson, too.