To drink or not to d
Steve Beluch (steve.beluch@SYSLINK.MCS.COM)
Sun, 20 Nov 1994 16:38:16 LCL
S>>One in Uniform ... One out of Uniform ... ????
S>>Is this the hyprocracy you wish to teach the troops ???
S>>If it's improper conduct ... It's improper conduct !!!
Ok time to add my 2 cents..... WHAT Hypocrisy????
Lets have a reality check here..... As adults, some of us drink
alcohol some drink Coke. If your invited to a wedding or party we drink
(Hopefully in moderation) Our kids know it... Geez....
Granted there are extremes but that's another subject. But just
because we put on a uniform does not mean that there's a mystical
transformation that takes place. What about those of us who smoke?
What about those of us who are suffering from "DUN LOP-itis" and are out
S>To my knowledge, our Council (back when it was still Cherokee Council)
S>did not serve alcohol at its banquet. This appearance of a double
S>standard and the inherent hypocrisy of that was the reasons.
What Double standard? If a host choses NOT to serve where's the
S>No alcohol at Scouting functions should mean just that. No Alcohol At
S>Scouting Functions. Whether you are in uniform or not is irrelevant,
S>Now... if a bunch of people, who just happen to be Scouters, get
S>together for a social affair at one of their homes should alcohol be
S>served? If the new DE is invited over for dinner, is it ok to have a
S>drink? That's a whole other grey area --
Why? what difference does it make WHERE you are? And what does a DE
have to do with anything. There's no grey area here! I've seen DE's who
drink! Gee I'd be more concerned if my mother came over, then my DE!
The problem as I see it is NOT one of Hypocrisy, or values or whatever.
Its P/R. Plain and simple! The public has a perception of Boy Scouts
and their leaders, and as leaders we try to uphold that perception. And
this thread is proof.
Nowhere was this more evident than at last year's Grant Pilgrimage
in Galena, Illinois. Following the parade and festivities on Saturday
you could look in ANY bar and see a sea of BSA uniforms. while outside
the scouts milled around town. Now that was a great example for scouts,
the public, and anyone else who happened to be around. Now tell me that
all of a sudden a hundred scouters lost their values or integrity at the
same time on that day. No I don't think so.....What we _DID_ lose was
the public's Norman Rockwell impression of scouters.
OK SMOKING IS NEXT!
Steve Beluch - Des Plaines Valley Council
Direct E-Mail: steve.beluch@SYSLINK.mcs.com
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