Monday, October 22, 2012

Survival of the fittest

A discussion at Bobwhite Blather of upcoming real, proposed and possible changes coming to BSA ends with this counsel:
“Adapt or die” has never been more true of our movement. We cling to current methods and practices because we are familiar with them. Sentimental attachment to the past has to be ditched in order to bring our programs into the 21st century and become more relevant for the youth we serve. Scouting is, at any given time, only ten years from extinction if we don’t replenish our membership to at least maintain current levels, and hopefully improve them. Without changes for the better, we might as well shut the lights out in the Scout hut and say goodbye, and I don’t think Sir Baden-Powell or any of BSA‘s founders would take that too well. (emphasis added)

Prepared. | For Life.™


Fishgutts said...

OK, so I am totally OK with the "old guard" dying off but what exactly have we accomplished by creating an "universal" Scout Oath? If the methods and the aims are still different so should the oath. I still don't get the reasoning.

When I do Eagle Boards either a boy knows it or he doesn't. And about 40% of the time they don't know it. And it isn't because he didn't learn it as a Cub.

Eric the Half-bee said...

You're right. It isn't because he didn't learn it earlier, it's likely because his adult leaders failed to hold him to it for however many years he was in the program (assuming that you're referring to kids outside your immediate sphere of influence).

As far as "one Oath to rule them all," I haven't formed an opinion yet, yet I am opposed in every way to the "change for change's sake is good, because it's change, so we should change" mentality that is so prevalent.

Eric the Half-bee said...

And at 36, I can still recite the Cub Scout Promise. The Law of the Pack eludes me, however.