Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Tue, 9 Nov 1993 08:45:50 CST
The Bobcat "inversion" (where I was turned upside down by my parents
and the Cubmaster placed the metal Bobcat pin on me, then turned me upside
right and the pin is upside down until I completed a good turn) IS HAZING.
The National Health and Safety Committee of the BSA sent notes to every
Council Executive four times, the last time being the 17 March 1991 note
I've got a copy of. In this note, the Director of the National Health and
Safety (oops...he's the Advisor to the National Health and Safety Committee)
wrote that "there has been several instances whereby the youth, upon being
turned over upside down and being excited about this new venture into Scouting,
has either suffered respirtory distress, gastronominal distress or both while
waiting for the Cubmaster or other Scouter to pin the badge upon the boy.
There also has been some undocumented but related cases whereby the boy was
accidently dropped by the parents during the ceremony, causing damage and
embarassment to the youth and the youth's parents. For these reasons, and
for those of risk management, ceremonies similiar to this are NOT TO BE USED
with youth members of the BSA".
I was turned upside down and nothing happened to me, physically (or mentally,
as far as I know), but there's always that FIRST TIME. I wouldn't do it
Mike L. Walton
Former inverted Bobcat
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City