A recent New York Times article is creating quite a response internationally when it was reported that a group of Explorer Scouts are learning about what the US Customs and Border Patrol agents do everyday. The article reports about a series of simulations they did on a training exercise. The simulations include hostage situations, poisonous gas clouds, and illegal immigrants.
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To explain further, the Explorer Scouts is a program within Boy Scouts of America in which the young men and women learn about future job careers among other things.
This article has been creating quite a disturbance…however not within the United States. Most of the negative responses has been internationally. Some to the point where the World Organization of the Scouting Movement (WOSM) has been contacted.
The question is are we teaching too much and too young? Personally, I endorse the program.
Youth are in a constant struggle to find out what they want to be when they are older and there are also some very great careers out there that are not explored because not much is known about them. This program helps youth learn more about these careers and see if they have an interest in them.
You can read about a career in Border Patrol in a book and THINK you are really interested, bt unless you get to experience it, you will not know for sure if it is right for you.
I think we should embrace educational programs such as this one organized by the Boy Scouts of America and encourage more. Let the youth figure out which job is right for them.
When I was seventeen, I managed to organize an ambulance ride-along with a local ambulance station. Ambulances are full of risks too, you never know when it might be in a high speed collision or exosed to diseases or even in a violent situation. I waved the risks aside and went on the ride-along and learned a lot about what a paramedic actually does and it was truly rewarding.
Youth need to experience their job before they will know if it is the RIGHT job.
It may even save them money on wasted university courses or other job training.