Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Fri, 8 Apr 1994 16:14:11 EDT
I was once told that any alcholic beverage, to include beer and wine
it NOT permitted at any BSA facility when any scout activity is
in porgress or even IF scouts are present, to include all camps
and meeting locations. HOWEVER, we were also informed that at
ADULTS only activities, such as dinners etc., moderate consumption
of alcholic beverages was permitted.
It seems that in other contrys the limitations are not as tight,
and in fact, vI have a Bottle of JAMBOREE BEER from a past WORLD
Jamboree. I also seem to recall that there was a seperate area
for leaders at the WORLD Jambo in Australia, where alcohol was
Having also lived in Europe with my family, I found that wine
at dinner with the family was common, and in fact wine with
dinner on a campout was also not that uncommon. I think maybe
the problems associated with drinking and young drivers has
created a more serious problem in the US, so that we (BSA & USA)
find ourselves in a position that we want to present a ROLE
model for scouts that does NOT involve drinking alchohol.
I myself do NOT object to people that want to have a drink
(in moderation) after a long day of training etc. As long
as it is ADULTS only, and no youth are present to observe the
behavior. However, in general, I think that all this "SECRET"
or clandestine drinking in the US, has done more to create a
DEMAND for drinking by younger people. However, somthing seems
to be improving, because I recently saw doem NY statistics that
alcohol related deaths in cars has been reducted in the past 3 years.
BUT, someone also asked if the number of YOUTH driving was constant
over the past 5 years. Based on decline in some high school classes,
the cause for fewer accidents, may be fewer young drivers.
BUT, that is getting off the subject. (as usual)
still scouting since '57
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City