Re: Why numbers
Sun, 9 Feb 1997 13:54:39 -0500 (EST)
In a message dated 97-02-08 00:39:23 EST, Mark wrote:
I personally find it hard to be loyal to a number, I am a person after all,
I am loyal to a location for which I am a member of and thus can relate
with, but to relate to numbers (sorry but I am not a robot). In todays
society we are given numbers to identify ourselves such as employee No.,
Drivers licence No, Passport No. to name a few. Is it a case of if you know
how the numbering system works then you know wheere they come from? Or is
this to logical? >>
While I will not attempt to speak to the policy of the BSA (US) of numbering
our units, I can live with that because the number (or even a name) only repre
sents the members of the organization to which I belong. My loyalty, then, is
to them and the higher ideals of Scouting itself; not just to the number.
I like the naming and particularly the "group" concept of those countries
that follow the UK designations, but I have no difficulty is being loyal and
supportive of Cub Pack 207, Scout Troop 207, and Sea Explorer Ship 207. If
the number doesn't tell others much about who we are, it does identify me and
all our members as being "related" to each other.
Additionally, we (in the BSA-US) lost our community identity when we moved to
using Council strips instead of strips with the name of our home town and
state on our uniforms. There will always be individual preferences, but we go
along on matters such as these because of our commitment to Scouting and its
principles which are much more important over the long haul.
We can benefit from each others perspectives as we listen and respect the
differences while striving for the common goals that we share in the
development of young people all around the world.