Following the Rules
Jim McCullars (JIM@UAHIS1.UAH.EDU)
Mon, 28 Feb 1994 09:45:00 CST
I read Jim Holman's interesting dilemma about the 12-year-old that needs
to be in a Cub Scout pack. I had hoped, when reading it, that there would
be some sort of an "out" for this situation under the guidelines for
handicapped Scouts, and am glad that Pat Skelly was able to provide the
answer, "chapter and verse".
But a lot of the replies were disturbing to me as a Scouter. I
hate to sound pedantic here, but I was surprised at the number of people
who were ready to say "throw out the rules", or "lie on the application".
We are supposedly people who are living by the Scout Oath and Law; more
importantly, we are the ones setting an example for younger kids to live by
the Oath and Law. And one of the laws reads: "A Scout is OBEDIENT. A
Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the
laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are
unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than
Is it just me, or was there some inconsistency here?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City