Re: "baptism" of fresh summer-campers
Randy Finder (NARAHT@DRYCAS.CLUB.CC.CMU.EDU)
Tue, 11 Oct 1994 11:56:00 EDT
> technical foupah! Snipes are real birds! But you would not
> normally find them out at night, in scout camps :) And did
> anyone ever ask WHY we would want to catch a snipe anyway? :)
I know that now, but what the scouts were supposed to be looking for in my
troop was something about the size of a bobcat (or larger)
> NOw, a stainless steel smoke shifter, or 50 feet of shoreline,
> all have a funtional purpose, and in fact, I know of some
> leaders that have built smoke shifters and such, just to play
> along with such scavenger hunt games.
Agreed, if there is to be any "rookie initiation" telling the scout
to go over to another campsite and ask for left handed smke shifter
is about as unbad (real word?) was it gest. Especially since a clever
scout can turn it around and normally be praised for it...
> Negative hazing really does serve no useful function, in Frats,
> or scouting. But some kind of ROOKIE pranks are still OK in
> my thinking, as well as some kind of formal inductions, that
> is the time to end the pranks and get down to the real FUN.
Yes, a formal ceremony to indicate that they are no longer
rookies does help...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City