Today I was listening to one of my favorite talk radio shows, I could not believe my…. ears… as the topic shifted from floods and politics to HDTV conversion.
As you know, come February your TV is supposed to look better as it will be High Definition… not really the point here.
A caller was upset that he was being “Forced” to buy a converter box or a new TV. The host of the show was dumbfounded in the attitude of the caller in his insistence that “the Man” was forcing him into something he did not need…not want.
As I listened I too became perplexed at this callers attitude. I could not believe that he really had that mind set. I mean… Does he still use an 8 track player? Beta Movies? Atari?
Times and technology changes and with that change we either change or…. Not. But no one forces this change on us.
The caller is not “forced”to watch TV. He is not “Forced” to buy a new one.
He is not “Forced” to listen to music on CD’s or an Ipod… He can use his 8 Track player until it no longer plays… or he gets tired of scratchy Lynard Skynard tunes. No one forces him to do anything.
And then I thought, geez we just had this conversation with some of the Scouts in our Troop. You see, a young Scout and I had a chat the other night about some up coming Troop activities. Next weekend the Troop is hitting the mountain for some high adventure cold weather camping. This Scout in question stated that he did not want to camp in the snow. I told him that he did not have to go if he did not want to. He looked at me expecting me to beg him to go. That was not going to happen, as much the caller to the Radio show was not going to be begged into buying a new TV or a CD Player. We do not force our Scouts to do anything, they can come and go as they please, we expect things of them if they choose to participate, but the choice is theirs to make.
Do I buy a new TV for a better picture? Do I trade my 8 track collection for better sounding CD’s? Do I go on the 50 miler for a great backpacking experience or take advantage of a fantastic summer camp program? Do I get involved with my Troop and learn about leadership and service or do I just stand against the wall of change and let the world pass them buy? All choices, and choices that we allow them to make.
Nothing is forced in Scouting. If a boy wants to set goals and become an Eagle Scout, go on 50 milers, learn about astronomy, become a leader, we provide the opportunity. That’s all.. just opportunities.
So the caller has a choice to make, a new TV or converter box. Or stay with the old and not take advantage of the world that is happening now. Just like in Scouting. Make a choice, but live with the choice you make.
Have a Great Scouting Day!