Re: Alcohol and Scouts
(no name) ((no email))
Mon, 27 May 1991 10:54:00 EDT
The BSA policy on alcohol is striaghtforward and reasonable:
There is to be NO alcohic beverages consumed or allowed at ANY BSA event,
to include meetings, campouts, contests or dinners. Alcohol is considered
a drug, and in the "five unacceptables"of our society the BSA is trying to
confront and prevent among its members and try to influnce, drug abuse is
Now what your committee does at someone's home, or what my college scouter
members do at a bar or resturant, or what parents do in the confines of their
homes--that is up to them AS LONG AS IT IS NOT A "BSA ACTIVITY".
For example, my Explorer post, a college scouter post, meets on the campus
every other Monday night for its regualar meeting. But some of the members--
both drinkers and non-drinkers alike--meet at a bar/resturant called "Rascals"
for pool and socializing. NO Post/Club business is conducted at those
gatherings...as a matter of fact, not much of anything is done except to get
away from roomates, school and yes even Scouting..and talk about more
"normal" things like how much of a whore Maddonna looks like on her latest
video, or the how can MC Hammer dance like that and to meet girls/guys and
all of that that is assocaited with college life. Rascals, by the way, is a
walk, and I have to commend publically my youth officers and leaders for
insisting that EVERYONE walks to Rascals' even if its cold or rainy.
Again that is NOT a BSA activity...it IS a college student "actvity". The same
would hold true for a group of parents that plays cards during a evening and
serve as the Troop
serve as the Troop's Committee otherwise. As long as there is NOT a actual
meeting that takes place, everything's fine.
*putting on paraprofessional hat* It is NOT Scouting's intention to "pretend
that drinking does not occur". It IS their intention to make it known to
all youth members (and remember gang, that's what the program is all about!)
three real basic statements.....ONE, that drinking in today's society (in the
USA) is done by adults....TWO, that drinking is done responsibily and with
regards for all present...and THREE, that drinking and Scouting does NOT mix
both from a danger standpoint (try slicing a loaf of bread or chopping wood
stone drunk!) as well as from a moral standpoint (drinking leads to some
really stupid things....you want to take your chances doing some stupid things?"
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City