Re: 67 MESSAGES, GOOD GRIEF!!!!!!!!!
(no name) ((no email))
Mon, 3 Jun 1991 14:52:00 EDT
First, the BSA DOES have a policy (and I am sure that your SE is aware of it)
that DISCOURAGES smoking at BSA events and activities, to include meetings.
This is a hard issue to tackle, because you do want the support of those
like the Pack's leadrship that believes that there should not be any smoking.
Others, show restaint, and do not smoke around Scouts. There is always that
2% out there that will smoke no matter what.
In my opinion, the policy should be written like this:
"The Catalina Council, recognizing the safety and health risk factors of smoking
and its effects upon non-smokers standing or sitting nearby, prohibits smokin
by those youth members of this Council and strongly discourages smoking (to
include non-smoking products as snuff or chewing tobacco)by its adults. In a fre
e and open mobile society, we cannot expect to police this matter among every
one of our (##units) and hundreds of volunteers. However, in the interest of
providing specific guidance, the Council will NOT allow open smoking during its
indoor events (recognition banquets, order of the arrow functions, business
meetings, and Scout shows or fairs; during encampments conducted on a district
or Council basis except during "Scoutmaster/Leader Crackerbarrels" where a
area will be reserved for those wishing to smoke; at our summer camp facility(iu
es); at the Council Service Center and among the professional staff. "Open
smoking" is defined as smoking at any time at any location. In the design of our
Councilwide events, care will be exercised to provide areas where smoking can de
conducted without endangerment to the public at large and Scouts in particular.
We ask all of our Chartered Partners to take a similiar stand in regards to thei
r units and we ask all members of our Executive Board and our professional an
volunteer staffs to set the example for our youth in this great Council by thier
refrain of the use of tobacco products."
Hope that helps.......
Mike Walton (once a smoker and never again!)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City