Re: Pirate Theme - Consistent with Scouting?
patrick wilson (pwilson@CORIMAGE.COM)
Fri, 23 Jun 1995 09:05:16 PST
This is an interesting point that I often wonder about. In this time of
political correctness, how far do we take it. Do the fanasies of youth
become the reality of their future. I remember being a pirate, fighting the
enemy and being a bad guy at play. What impact did the movies "The
Exorsist" or "Zombie" have on me besides frightening me out of my seat?
What did it do to me? Nothing. I am a 31 year old nonviolent careing
individual committed to community service with the BSA and Red Cross. As a
matter of fact, of the friends that shared those experiences with me, that
I keep in touch with, None of them are demented.
I, for one, think the pirates of our youth are not the same as the pirates
of reality. And, that we as adults, sometimes have a habit it bringing our
"real world" experiences into the childs fantasies.
I really believe it's the "real live" role models, parents, teacher,
friends, scouters and others who ultimately shape the childs future.
These are just my thoughts, I'm not a professional with any special
training to come up with this stuff.
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Subject: Pirate Theme - Consistent with Scouting?
Author: "Michael F. Bowman" <mfbowman@CapAccess.org> at Internet
Date: 6/23/95 8:37 AM
Okay so I'm an old poop for even asking the question and probably will get
roundly roasted for raining on the parade - no offense intended towards
Ron in his enthusiasm to see that the Cubs have a fun experience,
but I feel that the question should be asked:
What do you all think of using "Pirate" type themes in Scouting?
I was exposed to the same as a Cub years ago and it was fun and have seen
it at Cub Camps - roundly enjoyed by all. But the thought occurs to me
that Pirates may not be a very good role model and certainly do not seem
consistent with the goals of teaching citizenship values - remember that
these folks rejected traditional citizenship values by taking to the sea
to plunder other ships (whether as licensed privateers or freebooters for
their own enrichment). Their methods included murder, kidnapping, theft,
enslavement, and running battles with the vessels of lawfully consituted
authorities that opposed them. Today in many parts of the world, pirates
still ply their trade whether as drug traders stealing pleasure vessels to
run drugs in the Carribean or killing passangers on vessels in Asia to get
their belongings. Given that modern day pirates are sometimes associated
with the drug trade, I wonder if we are giving confusing signals by
glamorizing pirates. Your thoughts are invited, but personal flames are not.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
Prof. Beaver, Nat. Capital Area Council, BSA mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
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