Jim Butler (ajb@ZEPPO.GEOSURV.GOV.NF.CA)
Thu, 14 Jul 1994 10:31:52 NDT
>It's a lose-lose, lose-lose proposition no matter how you look at it.
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>And what are we teaching the boys with all of this? Back before we were
>prohibited from showering with the boys, we had no problems that I'm
>aware of, because we insisted (as did council and camp staff) that
>two-deep leadership be observed in the showers at all times. In fact,
>the boys could <not> shower unless there were adults present to maintain
>order. Durn few of the boys had a problem with shucking their dirty
>clothes and getting wet, especially on those hot and muggy days. It's
>a sick world out there that assumes that just because men and boys are
>showering together that hanky-panky is likely to occur. Sheesh.
>The above is primarily commentary regarding the state of things in this
>"enlightened" day and age...not particularly hoping to find an answer,
>considering that there is no satisfactory solution.
I think that we can get TOO carried away with rules and regulations. What
even happened to good old common sense? Never get yourself in a compromising
position where there is only one adult, or only one youth, and go from there.
I have not been exposed to this type of a problem in this area, since
most of the Scout camps here are rougher than having the luxury of showers
in the camp. Most of the washing, as such, is done in the lake at swim time.
On the few ocassions that I was at a camp that had communal showers, CJ'89,
and the provincial Jamboree in 1992, there was always more than just boys
in the shower at any one time, and 99.99% of the people in the showers were
there to wash and get out.
Jim Butler - ARC Training, Northeast Avalon Region (Scouts Canada)
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