Scouting not a career heresy
Craig Bond (CraigB1051@AOL.COM)
Wed, 7 Jun 1995 00:39:31 -0400
<hunteb@SMTPGATE.LDS-AZ.LORAL.COM> says, "If he has many friends
in the Troop and/or POST he will stay, if not, he will move on.
Scouting is just a phase in time, not a career."
Say it ain't so, Bill! Say it ain't so!!
And Marc Solomon asked:
>A friend of mine recently wrote me with the following inquiry:
>>Can find out someting for me on a puzzling question.
>>I was told that at the last Scoutmaser funtamentals that the boys
>>can not carry a lock back knife. At one time the Buck lite was
>>the official knife after the old folding knife. I personnaly like
>>the buck lite because the blade is locked and will not fold back
>>on the thumb.
>>Just wondering Where and who gave out this directive?
>Does anyone know anything about this?
Marc, the current issue of "Guide to Safe Scouting" makes *no*
reference to forbidding lockback knives and in fact says only
"Avoid (!) large sheath knives.", although I've been told and said
time and again that sheath knives are forbidden. This wording only
The current "Scoutmastership Fundamentals" syllabus is not silent
on the issue, carrying the following statement (p. 93),
"Demonstrate the features of the official Boy Scout knife. Explain
that this knife is specially designed for a boy to use as he
develops skills and learns hand coordination. ..."
We then go to page CA19 of the 1995 catalog where the "Official BSA
Knives" are shown and *all three are lockback knives*. The same
page also has "Traditional Pocketknives", including the one many of
us grew up with.
Apparently, the instructor was misinformed -- as I have been about
sheath knives, although I would still recommend to our district
committee that they outlaw them at district events, if I had
anything to say about program, but I don't 'cause I'm busy counting
+ "How many shrinks does it take to change a lightbulb?" +
+ "Only one, if it wants to."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City