Re: Pack Description
Peter Van Houten (Peter_Van_Houten@SIMULACRUM.WV.TEK.COM)
Wed, 27 May 1992 15:50:33 PDT
Mike -- Your description of the pack meeting sounds like you've got a real
quality group and program. Good job!
However, there was one item which caught my eye. You stated the following:
> Awards are presented next, with the newbies forward first along with the
> parents or other adults. Each new Cub is told about Cub Scouting and then
> turned upside down while Ricky pins on the shiny new Bobcat Badge to each
> and then turning each upside right, presenting them with the card and
> cloth badge.
The idea of turning a Cub Scout updside down is IMHO a form of Hazing which
is not acceptable under the BSA guidelines. I've heard of where this
happens regardless of the boy's wishes and is a frightful experience to some
8 year olds. Unfortunately, once this type of 'Ceremony/Hazing' becomes a
part of a pack it is something that the older boys look forward to; that is
seeing a new boy turned upside down, and the pressure to keep it is very
strong. I would urge you to reconsider your use of this type of ceremony in
awarding the bobcat. The boy has worked hard for his badge and does not
have to prove himself brave or have any sort of initiation in order to
I pass this along as a Friend in Scouts, as I find that you have given
valuable information to this group, of which I have benefited from your
experience. It is because of that experience and your love for Scouting
that helps you achieve the High Quality Program that you described.
In Scouting . . .
Peter Van Houten
Peter Van Houten
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