Re: Scout Smoking
Peter Van Houten (peterva@QM.WV.TEK.COM)
Wed, 28 Sep 1994 07:59:53 -0800
In the discussion pertaining to scouts smoking:
=3D=3D=3D>> What do you do about older scouts smoking on camping trips?... =
=3D=3D=3D>> scouts are 16-17 years old and are leaders in the troop. They =
know that it
=3D=3D=3D>> is against scouting policy to smoke because they would go off =
and hide it.
I've been faced with a similar situation, although not Scouting related. =
At a very weak moment I agreed to act as Tour Director for my daughter's =
High School Choir and Orchestra. I'll be leading a group of aprx. 130 =
High School students to San Francisco in the Spring for a week long tour =
(and yes we'll be flying).
The first time I met with the students provided me with an eye-opening =
experience. I presented the itinerary and cost information, after which I =
was approached privately by several students who, while I must confess I =
admired their honesty, gave me quite a stir.
Female Student 1: Mr. Van Houten, I smoke! My parents allow me to smoke, =
and I cannot go five days without a smoke. If I have my parents =
permission will you let me smoke.
Female Student 2: Mr. Van Houten, I'm 18 and sexually active with Student =
#3. We would like to have a room to ourselves.
These two issues brought to light the need to research policy (school =
district and state laws) regarding this. After identifying the laws in =
our state, and the policy of our school district I drafted a set of rules =
which state that describes general behavior expectations, smoking, drug =
use, and sexual issues. In short, It is not to be tolerated regardless of =
permission granted by parents or age of student. I than drafted a =
contract which details the expected behavior, that both the student and =
the parent agree, and that violation would result in the student being =
returned on the next available flight home C.O.D. (parental expense). I =
met with the parents and students stating that personal beliefs set aside =
this is the policy of the district and the law of our state and thus we =
will abide by it.
Bottom line is that within Scouting, 'Program is flexible, Policy is not'. =
Smoking in most states under the age of 18 is against the law. While I =
can't quote page and line, smoking is prohibited in Scouting =
activities...and in most cases, Adult smokers are requested not to smoke =
in the presence of scouts.
Just my .02 worth......Have a nice day!
In Scouting . . .
Peter Van Houten / E-Mail: =
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