Re: Tobacco again!
Dr. Steven C. Myers (aa473@CLEVELAND.FREENET.EDU)
Tue, 20 Oct 1992 08:12:20 -0400
> I have also found a large tobacco problem here in the heart
>of tobacco country. I there any official disiplanary procedure?
>What about when the SM chews in front of the scouts and almost
>promotes tobacco? P.S. I would go to the committee but it is very week.
Having lived in Maysville, Ky just up the road from Lexington, I
understand the comment on "tobacco country".
I have never grown it but I do smoke it in a pipe and I made part
of my living from a tobacco processor client.
Let me suggest smoking like drinking or "dirty" language is something
all young people will be exposed to both in Scouts and the "real"
whether we indulge or disdain is a choice we as adults can make
Rather then hide it by "banning" treat it as a fact of life.
Assuming the "chewn" scoutmaster is otherwise competent just what
is the committee supposed to do.
Any young person living in KY is going to see enough "role models"
who use the weed and enough who don't to realize it is a personal
habit not a "badge of adulthood".
PS Let me really shock some folks. In my youth in scouting days
we had a very strong active troop because we had a very strong
and active committee. I am sure, although I never saw them
do so, that the five to ten adults who camped with us once a
month drink a brew or two in the evening at their own camp site
(always separate from ours). I grew up to like beer but not
because of their "bad example"). :-)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City