Re: Scout Smoking
Patrick Lam (PLAM@MUSICM.MCGILL.CA)
Tue, 27 Sep 1994 16:55:45 EDT
>1. By "Scouting" did you mean your troop, your council, your national
>organization (BSA?), or all scouting?
>2. By "policy" and "MUST" were you stating your opinion, or refering to
>a published standard? If the later, which publication?
It seems to me that BP wasn't especially in favor of smoking. But
the other important thing to keep in mind was that he did not, and
would not, say "Scouts do not smoke," knowing that human nature
would tend to make more Scouts experiment with smoking, instead
of cutting down on smoking.
Instead, he explains why smoking is a bad thing.
"Scouting for Boys", p 223, Scout Brotherhood edition-
Every Scout knows the Scout Law. But there is an extra point to that
Law which is not written but is understood by every Scout. It is this:
"A Scout is not a fool", and that is why Scouts do not smoke while they
are still growing boys.
Any boy can smoke- it is not such a very wonderful thing to do. But
Aa Scout will not do it because he is not such a fool. He knows that
whena lad smokes before he is fully grown up it may weaken his
So just make up your mind for yourself that you don't mean to smoke till
you are grown up, and stick to it. That will show you to be a man much
more than any slobbering about with a half-smoked cigarette between your
lips. The other fellows will in the end respect you much more, and will
probably in many cases secretly follow your lead.
(end of quote)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City