Excellent Letter Zachary.There has been significantly more
disruption over the "reaction" to the changes than by the changes
themselves.And you are exactly right. The latest issue is much more
political than substantive.
Great letter Zachary,Sounds like you have a wonderful legacy of
scouting in your family. A quick "ask" from me: as you
aspire to earn your Eagle rank, remember that advancement is only one of the
methods that scouting uses to engage the youth. Make sure to enjoy the other
elements of scouting as you pursue your Eagle. And once there, help other guys
understand if advancement isn't their "thing", that's okay and
they still are and can be great scouts too.
The BSA started the fight, and the BSA continues the fight. I would suggest
that the young man complaining about politics consult with the administration of
the BSA and ask them to stop fighting what seems to be both inevitable and good
sense.Having kids who self identify as homosexual does not
"ruin" the Boy Scouts. The BSA fought this in court all the way to the
Supreme Court, and won (call themselves a "private" organization, and
not subject to public accommodation laws). Then the BSA recognized the
stupidity of the decision and reversed itself. Just who played politics?The BSA does not want adult homosexual leaders in the organization. I
suppose that based on the legal notion that Boy Scouts are nothing more than a
private club they are allowed to do so. However, this notion flies in the face
of the majority of Americans. I also imagine they will rescind this decision in
the future. So again, who is playing politics?
You are right Zachary. The Boy Scout program is about the boys, not the adult
leaders. The adults are there for support and to be a good example
of what a man should be, but it's supposed to be a boy-lead program. So
don't let the leaders take over your scout program.The boys
should plan the activities and use the "Patrol Method". Some patrols
focus a lot on advancement, some don't. But it should always be fun,
interesting, and educational. You can't blame adult leaders if it's
not interesting (it's your program).===If your
leaders haven't taught you about the "Patrol Method"... ask them.
I'm sure they would be glad to teach you.From the scouting
manual..."Patrols are the building blocks of a Boy Scout troop.
A patrol is a small group of boys who are similar in age, development, and
interests. Working together as a team, patrol members share the responsibility
for the patrol's success. They gain confidence by serving in positions of
patrol leadership. All patrol members enjoy the friendship, sense of belonging,
and achievements of the patrol and of each of its members".
Open Minded Mormon,If you really think that's what those merit
badges are about... I'm sure glad you're not a merit badge counselor
in my area.BSA is not about politics. It's not about teaching
the boys your Progressive agenda.
"BSA is not about politics. It's not about teaching the boys your
Progressive agenda."True. However, it is not about teaching a
conservative agenda either. I realize that you did not say that it was. Im just
pointing it out.
Great letter Zachary!Unfortunately there are people in our society
who hold the boys hostage to push their agenda. Perhaps your reminder that boy
scouts is about the boys will help them realize this is not their forum. The
boys should come first, and when the boys come first, they in turn do great
things for us as a community. Keep up the good work!
JoeBlow,It's not about teaching them either political agenda. But we
do teach them extensively about the Constitution and our form of government (in
Citizenship in the Nation). But it's best to keep partisan politics,
partisan rhetoric, and political dogma, out of it. I don't know if some
people are capable of that.They do learn what it means to be
"Conservative". I don't mean the political definition, I mean
the classic definition. Where "Conservative" means "holding to
traditional attitudes and values". We teach them to conserve the land,
resources (including finances), and learn to live in concert with the land and
live a sustainable lifestyle.We teach environmentalism a lot (every
week)... but not "Radical Environmentalism", like PETA or LDS Treehugger
would teach the boys. We teach them to love nature, not to burn down housing
developments and auto dealerships...And religion does come up. How
could it not when we pledge to do our "duty to God and our country"
every time we meet?But it's no place for political
indoctrination... Either side (like you said).
@2 bitsCottonwood Heights, UTOpen Minded Mormon,I'm
sure glad you're not a merit badge counselor in my area.BSA is
not about politics. It's not about teaching the boys your Progressive
agenda.12:15 p.m. June 5, 2014====== Call it
what you want, I follow the official Scout HandBook, and the Merit Badge
requirements.World Conservative Award, merit badges, Leave No Trace Award, Enviromental Science is req'd for
Eagle.Sustainability now also req'd for Eagle.Scouting is
more in line with my Tree-hugging, In fact it molded me into the
Tree-Hugging adult I am today. We do not advocate the -- Burn
Baby Burn, Profit ahead of People, Goblin Valley rock tipping, God is going to swoop down and cleanse the pollution and mess we made.ideologies of those who oppose those like me.[Whatever happened to
teaching personal responsiblity? What kind of an Earthly Father would put up
with that, let along our Heavenly Father?]FYI -- I've
seen over 100 young men earn their Eagle Scout and Duty to God Awards under my
leadership over my 32 years in Scouting, including all of my own sons.How many have you helped?
The Boy Scout program is for boys, not adults. When an adult pats himself on
the back, he violates every principle that Scouting stands for. Scouts are
taught to do a good turn daily, without being paid or congratulated. The action
is its own reward. The very basis of scouting is that the boys help each other,
without public adulation. They're taught to be of service, not so that the
public will note who they are, but so that service will be rendered when it is
needed.I know a lot of excellent Scout Masters who have helped boys
all their life. If you ask them what they did, they will simply tell you how
the SCOUT learned to serve, how the SCOUT learned to improve himself by earning
merit badges, which give boys access to new ideas and to new experiences. Those
Scout Masters never tell what THEY did, only what the boys did. Their attitude
emulates everything good about scouting.Zachary shows us what
scouting is about. Adults have no business making it "their" program. A
good leader is a sentinel. He points the way.
@Open Minded Mormon,I won't play your game. I've been a scout
leader for a long time, but I'm not keeping score. And it's not about
@Mike RichardsSouth Jordan, UtahScouts are taught to do a good
turn daily, without being paid or congratulated. The action is its own reward.
The very basis of scouting is that the boys help each other, without public
adulation. They're taught to be of service, not so that the public will
note who they are, but so that service will be rendered when it is needed.======== Gee, We sure wasted a heck of a lot of
time and effort in all those Scout Court of Honors, handing out all those
badges, Skill Awards and Rank Advancements then...No recognition?
I quit scouts at 16 to get a job, earn money and get a pilot's licence.
That was the best decision I ever made but it sure gave some adults heartburn.
BSA is good but it's not good when forced on a kid that KNOWS
what he wants to do. The BSA is all too often used for conformity over progress
in some parts. Some people are far too concerned that a kid is cookie cutter
than if he is good and seeking good things.