Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona (CHAGGERTY@ARIZBPA.BITNET)
Wed, 21 Dec 1994 09:05:00 MST
I am sure some will call me insentive for my following comments, but as you
will soon read, I will not care!
In 7th, 8th, and maybe 9th grade, I will allow that there is peer presure
that should be considered. Once the young man is in High School (16, 17, or
18) peer presure is nothing but a COP-OUT.
In 1972 (you rmemeber the war years, hippies, etc) I was a sophmore and my
photo, in Uniform was inthe High School Year Book. If anyone bothered me
about it, they were ignored (I cannot remember anyone ever bringing it up).
In a nutshell, I knew who I was and did not care about the opinions of
others to be bothered about it. Anyone truely reaching Eagle should have
some idea of who he is and have some confidence in that image. Enough
confidence, that some bozo who is stupid enough to still be trying to make
fun of someone at that age is basicly ignor or maybe pitied as a poor
But things are different today, BULL! Both my sons are Eagles. The older
one had friends form school help him with his Eagle Project, not the Scout
Troop. They did not go to some nice neighboor school. The school, like
most, had it problems. Guns, gangs, etc. The younger one (who is small)
was harrased by gang members on his way home from school because he did not
look right for the local gang ( but may have looked like he belonged in one
- his dress, etc came from our time in L.A.)
Part of what we are supposed to be doing in scouting is installing self
confidence in these youths. They need to be confortable with who and what
they are. They also need to learn about false friends. Real friends
accept us as we are. The false ones (who are frequently insecure like the
bullies) try to make us conform to their images, in order to help them make
themselves feel more secure. By nature, people are different. By trying
to fit in and be part of the group, (giving in to peer presure) we are
going against human nature.
As a added note, I would see some of the examples given of using peer
presure, as really education of the person involved. Of course there is
also that taking it to the extreme problem. Society exerts peer presure in
trying to get us to accept certain norms (murder is not good for example).
This is not the type of peer presure I am addressing. I think most of you
We will be teased only if we make it fun for the taunter!
Chris Haggerty, District Advancement Chairman,
Cochise District, Catalina Council, Sierra Vista, Arizona
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