I chose to write my ethnography on the history and culture of the Boy Scouts of America because this organization has been such a positive influence in my life. I have been an active member of Troop 1 in Brewer, Maine since I was eleven years of age. To most people, they believe that scouting only teaches you to build fires and set-up tents, but scouting truly teaches a person so much more.
I had moved to Vermont during the third grade from Ohio, it wasn’t until the fifth grade that I decided to do any activities out of school. I chose to be a part of the Boy Scouts of America to hopefully learn some life skills. Because of the time that I joined in I would only be in the Cub Scouts for a period of one year before crossing over into the Boy Scouts. During both my time in both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, I met my closest friends. Being a Boy Scouts allowed me to challenge myself to go outside of my comfort zone. These experiences helped me become a more responsible adult, such as taking leadership roles, taking risks, and mentoring younger scouts.
I’ve been involved in Boy Scouts since I was in the 6th grade. My leadership abilities, self-discipline, and personality really developed from my Boy Scout career. The Boy Scouts also fueled my passion for the outdoors and exploration. I’ve been camping more times than I can remember and it's truly developed me as a person to love and respect the outdoors. At the age of fourteen, my troop elected me Senior Patrol Leader, the highest position a youth can hold in a troop. I attended N.Y.L.T. (National Youth Leadership Training), a weeklong training seminar that focused on leadership. Attending this training was the single most influential experience because I still refer back to what I learned four years later. The leadership skills I learned
While I was in The Boy Scouts of America, I have worked on countless Eagle Scout projects gaining multiple hours working on them. Eagle Scout projects are projects that once you reach a certain rank you can start working to get your eagles. One of the objectives to earn this award is to do a community service project that will benefit the community. For my own project, I worked a minimum of 20 hours. With lining it up and getting equipment and finding people who could help work with me I also helped as many as I could as well.
Throughout my high school career, I have continuously adhered to the qualities of participation, engagement and leadership through being a good citizen, and have not only begun to impact my local community, but also communities abroad in my state. Active involvement in The Boy Scouts of America has helped develop these qualities I hold and more. My volunteering in county-hosted Christmas events, multiple eagle projects, Brown Bag Ministry, street cleanup, student tutoring, technology assistance, and others has combined to over 160 total service hours in just the span of four high school years. Active citizenship continues to show me different ways of life in my own community and is illuminating. What it also creates is initiative. Through participation with my local fire department, I have been able to identify a need of my community and start to address it. I have volunteered my time for the fire department, and together with the Assistant Fire Chief, we are starting to create a new department website and digital
One major controversy in effect today is whether girls should be allowed to join the Boy Scouts of America or should there be a distinct separation between the girls and boys. In the article, “Boy Scouts Face Renewed Push to Let Girls Join the Ranks” by David Crary, several girls across the nation have took it upon themselves to try and join the Boy Scouts of America. Some believe that girls should be able to join in order to gain the same scouting experience as the boys in the organization. Others including myself, believe that if the girl scouts aren’t happy with their scouting, they should take the initiative to make a difference in their own community.
I sit around a table of familiar faces: my fellow scouters, good people I have known for almost twenty years. But the faces are contorted with anger, and their voices are filled with acrimony because of the issue being debated. Should girls be allowed to participate in all programs of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), allowing them to earn the Eagle Scout Award? I feel conflicted as a woman who has been denied entrance to an all-male organization, but my greatest concern is whether this will be the final blow to the integrity of a great American institution. Research about the origins of this controversy brought me to the story of Sydney Ireland, a girl from New York who has called on the BSA to end their discriminatory ban against girl
When I was younger, I always thought being a leader was all about telling people what to do. Glenwood taught me that was not the case at all. Here at Glenwood, I learned to lead by example. I am the battalion commander in our military program. When I teach our new students how to do a certain commander, I demonstrate it. When I have to teach them how to make their own bed I demonstrated it. Lead by example. I as well learned how to control my emotions and when I lead to lead with my head. All leaders are not perfect. It is not the mistakes that show me who I am, but I how I deal with
The article “Boys Scouts Should Not Backtrack on Its Values” by Mathew Staver states about allow homosexual Scouts and Scoutmasters among their ranks. The author is conservative, with outdated beliefs and xenophobic mind. He states if they open places in Scouts for homosexual people “The Scouts would become a sham.” (Mathew Staver, 16) using an event dated in 1999 which in Canada when the Scouts opening positions for homosexual people their membership start fall and disagreeing on allow homosexuals.
In the world that we live in today, social justice plays a huge role in the decisions, laws, and actions that people, and the government make. I think it is time to ask ourselves, have we gone too far? We are all familiar with the Boy Scouts of America. They're a wonderful organization that help boys turn into capable men. The Boy Scouts have a law; A scout is "Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent." In other words, a Scout a good citizen, plain and simple. On May 3rd, 2018 the Boy Scouts of America made the announcement that girls will be welcomed into their boy scout program next February. The name, to appeal more to both genders will be changed to Scouts BSA. The girl
Standing in front of a bunch of kids, I found myself with the Boy Scout Handbook, the kids are screaming. They wanted to do literally anything other than sit and listen, but I had to teach them. A few years ago, being an older kid in my troop, from time to time, it was my job to teach a bunch of twelve year olds. In Boy Scouts, it is the job of the older scouts to teach the younger scouts how to be the next generation of Boy Scouts.
Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest youth groups in the nation that is was well known and popular. But in recent years is has faced a decline in members and donors as American public gradually moved to support LGBT rights. The boy scouts policy did not support these rights so they attracted a lot of attention. I read that in 2012, perhaps in an attempt to reassure conservative church groups, the BSA forcefully reaffirmed its commitment to ban openly gay youth and openly gay adults from scouting. In response, LGBT groups escalated their campaign against BSA's discriminatory policies. Activists gathered thousands of signatures on petitions calling for an end to the gay ban. They called attention to many news stories of the BSA kicking
The training strategy, with appropriate theoretical background (What ID Model will you use, and why? What is your instructional method? What theories support the use of your instructional method?)*
Description of the Strategy: The strategy that I used during this lesson was a KWL chart. A KWL chart is where students list what they already know, what they want to know, and what they learned at the end of the lesson. The students each received two sticky notes to record what they already know and what they want to know.
However, the use of modeling, multiple intelligences, scaffolding, and differentiated learning I feel greatly enhanced learning. As a matter of fact, according to Coffey (2013), research showed an effective strategy of instruction is modeling