Re: It's a religious thing.
Judith Kyrala (IACJYK@ASUACAD.BITNET)
Tue, 10 Dec 1991 09:33:25 MST
The Boys Brigade was evolved from a Sunday school but B-P wanted to widen the
appeal of the activities. According to Harcourt, to set up Scouting he
studied Epictetus, Livy, Frazer's Golden Bough (rather an early Masks of God),
studied manhood training of Zulus, Polynesians, Australian aborigines and Ameri
can Indians, Sparta, old Japan, Ancient Britain and Ireland. (So maybe those
Druids would feel right at home :). He used some of Digby's Broadstone of Honou
r or the True Sense and Practice of Chivalry (a middle eastern concept) and
the knight's code. He studied Jahn and Pestalozzi and of course read The Birch
Bark roll of the Woodcraft Indians. So I think Scouting was always intended
to include diversity, to appeal to many, to be a universal of what was good an
d true and useful.
'To this end the following scheme is offered as a possible aid towards putting
on a positive footing the development, moral and physical, of boys of all
creeds and classes, by a means which should appeal to them while offending as l
ittle as possible the susceptibility of their elders.'
B-P in the
accompanying statement to 'Boy
Scouts'c. 1907 from Egypt.
I don't know if we've come a long way unless maybe we got lost a while and are
now returning to original tenets.
Now it remains for those divergent thinkers to demonstrate why their new ways m
ay be better, more useful, more positive - I doubt if many of us would object
to change if it were for the better. But only if it can be shown to be better.
Just as a reminder- Britain then;30% of Londoners suffered from malnutrition-
in the then richest city in the world, only 1/8th of all boys were under any go
od influence after school, crime and drunkeness were on the upsurge,
vandalism and vice were rampant, hooliganism was becoming a cause of public anx
iety, special detention centers for youth were filled to overflowing. There was
a vast increase in 'spectatoritis' in sports with mobs of youngsters turning ou
t only to watch. 'His heart sickened seeing these thousands of boys and young m
en, pale, narrow-chested, hunched up, miserable speecimens, smoking endless
Now America has similar problems - maybe we need to be re-energized remembering
Scouting origins - not for advantaged boys but for all boys- and an emphasis
on education in ethics and morals.
Judy Kyrala IACJYK@ASUACAD
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