RE: Pack Description
Thu, 28 May 1992 13:44:04 PDT
In reference to the question of Pack ceemonies -
I'd like to take at least partial issue with the concern about turning a new
cub upsiade down as being a form of hazing. In many units, this ingrained
tradition is something the boys look forward to - even the new ones. The vast
majority of 8-year-olds are fairly active and enjoy horseplay of this type.
On the other hand, Peter van Houten bring up a very disturbing fact:
>I've heard of where this happens regardless of
>the boy's wishes...
That's hazing. Plain and simple. Forcing a boy to do something he doesn't
want to do is wrong, whether the pressure applied is physical or psychological.
If a boy doesn't want it done to him, it shouldn't be done.
What do you do with the painfully shy boy, though, who's up for an award?
Is it hazing to expect him to stand in front of his troop (or pack) and be, in
his opinion, humiliated? Perhaps it is. But perhaps it's also a part of the
growing experience that Scouting provides the boys. There's a pretty fine line
we must draw.
As for myself, I still remember my cub ceremony pretty well. My father was
the one who held me up, and surrounded by my friends it felt like a pretty
important event. I enjoyed it, and still recall it over 30 years later.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City