Re: Pack Description
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Thu, 28 May 1992 15:47:33 CDT
We teach leaders to make the boy's first (Bobcat) and last (Arrow of Light)
the most memoriable.
National has incorporated the upside down ceremony into their publications,
ceremonies. It is NOT the same as sending a boy out looking for a "snipe!"
You are not correct. This is simply a ceremony -- by national and logical
description - turning the boy upside down puts his pin on upside down and
is to be truned right side up when his parents agree his has done a "good
turn." So -- ceremonies without meaning is a waste of time -- I think you
see the objective here; recognition; continued learning and striving;
learning and practicing from the beginning to do a good turn daily.
A far cry from hazing, which is by definition: "--to harass by exacting
unnecessary or disagreeable work -- to harass by banter, ridicule, or
criticism -- to haze by way or initiation ( the fraternight pledges)
You see, looking for a "snipe" or "left-handed smoke bender" is "exacting
unnecessary or disagreeable work ----- making a ceremony a recognition and
beginning of incorporating the "good turn" into one's small life, is NOT
harassment , ridicule, unnecessary (it IS a big part of what we are
SUPPOSED to be teaching); or as a ceremony "into" (initiation) the group.
It simply is not! It is recognition, and has a multiple purpose, none of
them more or less important than helping that boy grow and learn.
Sometime you simply amaze me -- other times I truly think you're great --
but I DO think you have worked with Exploring so long that you most likely
have NOT updated in Cub Scouting for a long time. Remember that program
has just come throug a very lengthy (5 year plan) change, which effected
every step and everyone.
Sorry, my friend, this time you are not correct, but the pack meeting
descriped is exactly as written.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City