Re: Much ado
Eric Rimkus (email@example.com)
Thu, 27 Mar 1997 00:23:45 -0800
>Uniforms/Verbage/More Verbage/ More uniforms
>Doesn't any one go boating? Put the Sea back in SEA SCOUTING
Yes, we do go boating... I would venture that our youth see _far_ more
sailing and boating than most units across the nation, and certainly more
time on the water than most non-traditional units... a rather grand
statement I must admit, but there is no doubt that I am correct... why?
Simple, because as a traditional unit, with traditional uniforms,
traditional verbage, and traditional skills, we have something else which
is traditional and often lost in the ships that dont wear uniforms, and
refer to the deck as a floor and a hatch as a door... and that is
DISCIPLINE and RESPECT! Our youth are proud to be Sea Scouts... they
respect the program and are committed to it. They are proud of the
heritage and history of the sea and wish to continue and further this
tradtion. As a result they want to be involved, they want to wear the
uniforms and they want the rewards that come with being a part of the
greatest unit in the Cascade Pacific Fleet.
They wear the uniforms and learn the language becuase they know that it is
important... they know that they will be rewarded for their actions... the
reward for our youth will be unlimited use of a beautiful 40' power vessel,
a marvelous 29' sailboat, numerous 8-14' sail and rowing boats and the
occasional use of a 64' power vessel. If the youth are expected to "pay to
play" then they will do just that... they will do the right thing to elicit
a desired response (very Skinner Box like). If you expect the youth to
wear uniforms, speak appropriately, and maintain the equipment (of course
you the adult must set the example) and you in turn reward them for their
good behavior, then the ship will work quite well. Why? Because the youth
will feel a part of ownership and "self" in the ship. They will feel like
they "belong" to something... why do you think gangs and sports teams (two
groups who wear uniforms and have very highly defined customs, languages
and traditions) have such _huge_ appeal to youth?? Kids just want to "fit
in" and "belong". If on the other hand you let the youth do as they damn
well please and come and go as they wish and use and abuse the equipment at
their leisure, then your program will eventually (some faster than others)
fail. Why will this happen? Simple, the youth dont RESPECT the
organization and it has no _meaning_ to them.
This debate/discussion/argument is not pointless... those "newbie" mates
and skippers who dont see the merit in this discussion should first look at
ship recharters and dropped charters around the country, then do some
thinking, then voice their opinion--which by this time will be a certain
"get that kid in a uniform" opinion. I know that some will say "our ship
has been around 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or whatever and we are growing
and we dont wear uniforms, and we are going to be an exception to the
norm." Yeah ok great... you might just be the exception... or most likely
your unit will die when you (the adult leader) leave the program... why?
because you are not creating a sense of ownership in the unit with the
youth of today (leaders of tommorow).
As you look around the country, you will quickly find that the ships that
have been around (the recharters) and are still around and will continue to
be around as long as this program survives are the "traditional,
disciplined, proud, uniform wearing, regularly meeting (twice weekly), show
up at 0900 & leave at 1700 on Saturdays, nautical verbage using, flashing
light & semaphore teaching, frequently sailing and powerboating units."
The "wear what you want to wear, show up when you want to show up, learn
what you want to learn, maintain your equipment if you feel like it, call
it what you want to call it, sit around and BS units" are in the vastly
growing "dropped charter" pile!
Mate SSS601--City of Roses
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