Rick Meisch (rick@PROVIDER.INS.COM)
Mon, 21 Nov 1994 13:33:28 -0600
>On the subject of drinking in uniform:
>I have, on occasion, been to a QRRT (Quebec Rover Round Table) and gone out for
>a drink afterwards. (Actually, it's sort of a regular thing.) Almost everyone
>removes their uniform shirt simply out of respect for Scouting's reputation
>with the general public.
>However, the element of "corrupting the younger members of the organization" is
>not a problem in this situation since I believe that most of the people who go
>are over 18 (legal drinking age in Quebec), and those who are underage are
>usually already drinking anyway, and so are not going to be corrupted by us!
(Flame suit on) 8-)
This is a good point. And in many countries drinking is much more socially
accepted than in the US. When I was an active scout, the adult leaders
were known to drink regularly at campouts and other troup activities. This
I totally beleive is wrong. However, since drinking is well ingrained in
our society, it should be done in a responsible manner and out of uniform.
We know that the majority of Scouts will experiment with drinking, so the
key should be to teach by example of what responsible drinking is. Key
things would be like: never drink in uniform or at Scout functions, and if
you do drink where you maybe observed , have only one or two, and only with
food. I'm sure many of the Europeans can probably see my point. From my
observations, Europe seems to be more acceptint of drinking, but they do it
in a more responsible manner. I'm not saying everyone should drink. I
could be wrong. If it is not in your lifestyle to drink, don't. If it is,
use responsible proper discression. And lead by example. We are all
adults, or soon will be, we should all be able to make proper descisions.
Eagle Scout, 1978
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City