Charles Nusbaum (aa904@CLEVELAND.FREENET.EDU)
Wed, 13 Jul 1994 17:10:24 -0400
I have been reading many replies to these messages concerning
showering at Summer Camp. I thought I'd add my own opinion.
First, let it be know that I am a young man. I am only fourteen
(14) and have been in the Boy Scouts for three (3) years. I am of Life
rank and am an Ordeal Member of the Cuyahoga Lodge No. 17 (I just took
my ordeal a month ago). I am very active in the Scouting program and
believe it to be a very well-rounded program for youths.
I shall be leaving for Summer Camp next week, and I plan on
enjoying it. Almost no one can make me hate this experience because it
allows me to learn more about my fellow Troop members and to learn more
about the world itself.
Nobody, as far as I know, can stand a totally dirty and smelly
yound man anywhere, especially on Parent Night. My Troop usually tries
to get each Scout to at least take a shower on Wednesday so that they
smell nice for their parents.
Monday, at a Swimming Merit Badge meeting, one of my Scouts, who
will remain unnamed, didn't want to take of his shirt for some unknown
reason. I tried to talk to him, but he still refused. He took the merit
badge without taking off that shirt. Taking showers together can also
be looked at like this. Young Scouts don't want to strip down and shower
with other guys because of so many reasons. We are young and our bodies
haven't fully developed so we feel embarassed about the way we look. There
is also the chance that one of the other Scouts might do obsene things to
Things aren't the same as before. Youths don't shower each day at
school when they're in fifth grade. I bet even some high schoolers don't
shower for the same reasons. If we all move at our own pace, we shouldn't
have to worry about embarassment of the way we look. Forcing youths to take
showers practically in the open (with others watching) isn't the way we are.
Personally, I don't see any reason why curtains can't be placed in
between each shower head for a little privacy. I, myself, am not worried
about abuse or such, just keeping myself to myself.
Any opinions on this topic are greatly appreciated. If you don't
want them to be sent over Scouts-L, I will gladly accept them at my own
SPL - Troop 176
OA Ordeal Member
Cuyahoga Lodge No. 17
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" 868. Spend your life lifting people up, not putting people down. "
-- Life's Little Instruction Book, Volume II
Charles Nusbaum * Saint Ignatius High School - Class of 1998
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Co-Sysop of The SeaQuest SIG * B.S.A. Troop 176 - Cleveland, Ohio
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ * Order of the Arrow - Cuyahoga Lodge No. 17