Re: "baptism" of fresh summer-campers
John Oakes (joakes@UNM.EDU)
Fri, 14 Oct 1994 09:31:19 -0600
I have stayed quiet during this thread for about as long as I
can...now for my 2 cents. When I was young, My parents sent me off to
Military School (I was such a compliant child..Grin) at Linton hall there
not far from you over by Manasass, in Bristow. I was not very big boy ..
and the other boys took advantage of that. I can't remember the things
that I went through (Vietnam took care of that) just feelings. One I do
remember is running the guantlet, older kids each had a paddle. MANY years
later I returned and confronted that retired Marine Drill Instructor, as a
Marine Sargent. He still didn't get it. Years later I came back from
Vietnam and had people spit on me.. I snapped.. I started beating on
people before they got to me(I became bigger, size). What I am trying to
say is I for a L O N G time carried the effects of that abuse with me. It
tainted my whole life. I have changed much in the last eight years.
Because of that I WILL NOT LET ANYBODY DO THIS TO MY SONS OR THE BOYS IN
MY TROOP. I am known by the parents of my kids for this. However, On the
other hand there should be a rite of passage from Joe newbie to Joe scout.
I think the breakfast idea coupled with the stick ceremony at first
Campfire is an excellent idea.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City