William H. Sills (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mon May 04 11:38:02 1998
Once upon a time, we lived in a non PC era. We were able to laugh
at ourselves and tease our friends without incurring the risk of a lawsuit.
<VBG> Scouting is not a serious business. It was, is and should always remain
a light hearted, exciting, active and fun program albeit with a serious
. During the late forties and early fifties, I was an Air Scout. We wore
"Air Force Blue" uniforms. The other kids in SENIOR SCOUTING had lots of
humorous terms for us. I was also dually registered for a time as a Sea Scout
and wore blue or white "Donald Ducks". There were lots of funny terms for us
too. The term "Green Weanies" was the one we applied to THE NOW DEFUNCT
Every former Senior Scouter that was registered in a Rover Scout Crew,
an Air Scout Squadron, an Explorer Scout Post or a Sea Scout Ship was
familiar with the diminutive terms we used to tease each other.
Something terrible has happened to all of us, not just members of the
BSA. Now, we take offence at words, we seem to look for ways to say that we
are being demeaned. Gee, if we just thought about the fact that some of us
have been registered in Senior Scouting/Exploring/Venturing for fifty plus
years and others have just applied. We need to be careful to know from whence
a comment or term has been deriven. What we perceive, on the basis of limited
information, may not really be the insult leapt to without thinking.
Some of us on this net have organized more Explorer Posts over the
years than others have been alive, let alone been in Scouting. Those people
should not be accused of insulting their own progeny. Many of those
individuals have been, for example, active supporters of all programs within
the BSA. Personally, I have served in such unit positions as Varsity Scout
Team Coach, Cubmaster, Webelos Den Leader, Sea Scout Ship Skipper, Tiger Cub
Organizer and Scoutmaster, on and off again, in no discernible order, over
In my case, this year marks my forty-first in a co-ed unit (early
experimental programs) I have used the term in question for the great bulk of
my life, including the times when, as Exploring Chairman, on several levels,
I wore green.
Golly, in my Sea Scout uniform, I have been asked many times where I
have left my aircraft carrier and battle ships. The teasing of Air Scouts was
really funny. What has happened to all of us when a fond diminutive for us
and our friends has suddenly become an insult?
Personally, I am proud to have been able to serve as an Air
Dale, as Grover the Rover, a Squid and a Green Weanie!!!
Now, if any Sea Scout, Air Scout, Explorer Scout and/or Rover
Scout of the forties-fifties era feels mortally insulted, please feel free to