Re: Sheath Knife Problem
STEVE BITTNER 708982-4973 (bittner@SKCLA.MONSANTO.COM)
Fri, 24 Sep 1993 11:54:12 -0500
The question of sheath knives really brings up a more general question
of how much "danger" or "risk" should be allowed in scouting. Obviously
scouting has an element of risk. Infact, that is one of the reasons
that many boys join scouting and continue to enjoy scouting.
The troop I work with also had banned the use of the scout ax for
splitting wood. The sight of an 11 year old splitting wood has always
made me shutter. Used correctly an ax still has a risk associated with it.
How many of you have banned the use of axes on campouts?
I was responsible for reintroducing the ax to the troop. I may yet regret
that fact. If we continue to "ban" anything that has a risk associated
with it, ultimately we must discontinue scouting. If you don't beleive this
check with your council's insurance carrier about removing all risk in scouting.
I've yet to read an overriding argument against sheath knives. Nor have I
found were national has specifically banned their use. I firmly believe that
one of the functions of scout leaders is to train young men on how to interpret
and manage risk. It is impossible to do this if we have sanitized the program
so no risk exists. The question of course is what is an acceptable risk and
what is an appropriate method to manage or limit that risk?
Are their any troops that still allow sheath knives?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City