Scouting's Bottom Line
What happens to a Scout? For every 100 boys who join Scouting, records indicate that:
- RARELY will one be brought before the juvenile court system
- 2 will become Eagle Scouts
- 17 will become future Scout volunteers
- 12 will have their first contact with a church
- 1 will enter the clergy
- 5 will earn their church award
- 18 will develop a hobby that will last through their adult life
- 8 will enter a vocation that was learned through the merit badge system
- 1 will use his Scouting skills to save his own life
- 1 will use his Scouting skills to save the life of another person
Scouting's alumni record is equally impressive. A recent nation- wide survey of high schools revealed the following information:
- 85% of student council presidents were Scouts
- 89% of senior class presidents were Scouts
- 80% of junior class presidents were Scouts
- 75% of school publication editors were Scouts
- 71% of football captains were Scouts
Scouts also account for:
- 64% of Air Force Academy graduates
- 68% of West Point graduates
- 70% of Annapolis graduates
- 72% of Rhodes Scholars
- 85% of F.B.I. agents
- 26 of the first 29 astronauts
Note: Since this was written the percentage of Eagle Scouts has climbed to nearly 4%. The Eagle Scout Service in 1997 announced that the figure was 3.89%.
The Left Handshake Contributed by: Keith Barr
The Canadian Scout Handbook, page 29, has the following to say about the left handshake:
Did you ever wonder why we shake hands when we meet someone? Offering someone our open hand is a gesture of friendship because it shows the other person that our hand is free of weapons. But why do Scouts shake hands with their left hand rather than the right?
Evidently the idea came from a legend Baden-Powell heard when he was in West Africa. Two neighboring tribes were bitter enemies and always at war. One of the chiefs decided that the battles were harming both tribes and needed to stop.
When the opposing armies next confronted each other, the chief who wanted peace dropped his spear and shield and advanced. Not only was the chief's right hand empty of weapons to attack someone else, but his left hand did not hold a shield he could use to defend himself against the weapons of others.
The defenseless chief said to his enemy, "I come unarmed and hold out my left hand to you as a sign of friendship and trust. We are neighbors and should not live as enemies. From now on, we wish to live in peace, and we trust you to do the same and live in peace."
When B.-P. founded Scouts, he thought this gesture of friendship and trust would be an excellent one for Scouts to use. The Scout handshake is made like a right handshake of greeting, except Scouts use their left hands. Show your friendship by reaching out your left hand and shaking someone else's hand firmly but warmly.
When Colonel Baden-Powell entered the capital city of the Ashanti people in 1896 he was met by one of the Chiefs who came to him holding out his left hand. B.-P. held out his right in return but the Chief said: "No, in my country the bravest of the brave shake with the left hand." So began the "left handshake" of the world-wide brotherhood of Scouts. (The Left Handshake, London, 1949)
Roosevelt's Thoughts On Scouting
"The movement is one for efficiency and patriotism. It does not try to
make soldiers of Boy Scouts but to make boys who will turn out as men to
be fine citizens and who will, if their country needs them, make better
soldiers for having been Scouts.
No man is a good citizen unless he so acts as to show that he actually
uses the Ten Commandments and translates the Golden Rule into his life
conduct - and I don't mean by this in exceptional cases under
spectacular circumstances, but I mean applying the Ten Commandments and
the Golden Rule in the ordinary affairs of every-day life. I hope the
Boy Scouts will practice truth and square dealing and courage and
honesty. The man who counts and the boy who counts are the man and boy
who steadily endeavor to build up, to improve, to better living
conditions everywhere and all about them.
The same qualities that mean success or failure to the nation as a whole
mean success for failure in men and boys individually. To be helpless,
self-indulgent, or wasteful will turn the boy into a mighty poor kind of
man just as the indulgence in such vices by the men of a nation means
the ruin of a nation. Any boy is worth nothing if he has not got
courage, courage to stand up against the forces of evil and courage to
stand up in the right path. Let him be unselfish and gentle, as well as
strong and brave. It should be a matter of pride to him that he is not
afraid of anyone and the he scorns not to be gentle and considerate to
everyone, especially those who are weaker than he is. If he doesn't
treat his mother and sisters well, then he is a poor creature no matter
what else he does; just as a man who doesn't treat his wife well is a
poor kind of citizen no matter what his other qualities may be. Let the
boy remember he must have knowledge, he must cultivate a sound body and
a good mind and train himself so that he can act with quick decision in
any crisis that may arise. Mind, eye, muscle all must be trained so that
the boy can master himself and thereby learn to master his fate."
Boy Scout Handbook, First Edition, 1911
Trusting Boy Leaders
By trust is not meant the trust that hides behind the corner to see if Johnnie is doing what he was supposed to do, but the trust that takes for granted that John will do his utmost, to the best of his ability, to fulfill his responsibility. As Baden-Powell says, "To get the best results, you must give the leader real, free-handed responsibility. If you only give partial responsibility, you will get partial results."
And as the job goes on, praise your boy leaders when they fail after a hard effort, make them feel your disappointment when they haven’t whole-heartedly tried. Trust them, through everything TRUST THEM—and they will come out in the end better leaders—and better trained for citizenship.
Naturally, on the other hand, the trust must be within reason. To entrust a boy with a job or responsibility he is not able to carry reflects upon the Scoutmaster. The burden must be fitted to the capacity of the carrier, and only increased as he grows strong enough to accept it through the training given him by his Scoutmaster.
Train ‘em, Trust ‘em, Let ‘em Lead!
The last point is of tremendous importance. Let them lead in practically everything. Let them work out their own problems, interfere as little as possible—but be ever ready to give wise guidance—not when you think they need it, but when they seek it. Keep in mind that unwarranted, ill-advised interference discourages leadership and that those boy leaders of yours are "learning by doing." Mistakes, some of them serious, are bound to be made; therefore, be ever ready with a kindly and friendly spirit to urge them to try again.
Help them occasionally with constructive criticism. But do your coaching on the sidelines always, never in front of the Patrols.
And then, when the Patrol Leader succeeds in his job, praise him for it. Commendation which is justified and not overdone is an absolute necessity. Such statements of approval should be made occasionally before the interested group. They like it, and so does the leader, as long as it is short, free from "soft soap," and genuine.
I found this on another web site and I felt this really explains why our troop runs the way it does.
Yours in Scouting,