Thu, 2 May 1991 15:24:26 CDT
Bravo to the gentleman from the UK for giving everyone a little bit to think
about--I, too am always suspicious when I hear "for the good of the boys."
Self-interest is a powerful motive and can be masked in the most insidious of
disguises. I reiterate my call for an open discussion of the futureof the
My apologies to anyone who interpreted my remarks concerning the Izard/Opponent
situation as flaming. I honestly thought I was chastising the two of them for
precisely that sort of behavior--I agree with Lucky, lets keep it civil,
reasonable people differ.
The pedophilia note disturbed me greatly because none of us is likely to be
terribly qualified to split the hairs requested by the sender (my apologies
to any clandestine psychologists on the net). Like most, I am very!! con-
cerned about the onslaught of child-abuse problems in the BSA (although
I do not believe the phenomenon is new, just noticed more than in the
past). I am equally terrified, as are many of my colleagues, about false
accusations and witch-hunting behavior, something not entirely alien to the
movement. Some simple helpful hints:
1) Follow the BSA's two deep policy RELIGIOUSLY!! It is for your
protection as well as the childs.
2) In simple consultations with Scouts, NEVER TWO WITHOUT THREE. Does
this mean that the Scout cannot privately confide problems to you? No!!
All this means is that someone should be inobtrusively within visual range
so that you have a backup if problems emerge later.
3) When an eight year old comes to you crying, and crys on your shoulder
or wants a hug, LET HIM---Some things are important enough to cause us to
act like decent human beings--even under threat of lawsuit!!
Interested in other comments. By the way, Monica, I'm dying to know who
you are referring too (as an old Chitimacha District Alum myself).
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City