Re: BSA Smoking Policy
Wed, 28 Sep 1994 13:14:18 MST
>Smoking by older Scouts:
>Older Scouts are providing a role model,
>willing or not, to the younger Scouts. Older Scouts are requested
>to NOT SMOKE while attending ANY BSA, or TROOP, Functions. This
>DOES include campouts. Smoking by older Scouts is not considered
>compatable with the values or image that Scouting wishes to instill.
>Smoking by Leaders:
>Is discouraged. However, if a leader feels that he must smoke, he
>is encouraged to do so away from the boys, preferably in a "designated
If smoking by older scouts is not considered compatible with the values or
image that Scouting wishes to instill, than it is not appropriate for adults
either. And to go to a designated smoking area or hide off somewhere teaches a
much worse value.
We teach by example not by lecturing or dictating. In my view, the Troop
leaders need to make a smoking policy like any other institution. No smoking
on airplanes means just that. There is no age discrimination. And if the
adults cannot control themselves, what right do they have to expect a teenager
do do better!
Bill Hunter SM T-99
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City