Re: Drinking Policy on International Trips?
Norman J. MacLeod (gaelwolf@MARLIN.SSNET.COM)
Sun, 2 Jul 1995 20:47:39 EDT
As you no doubt already realise, BSA policy does not necessarily reflect
that of other nations' Scout Associations. However, I think you really ought
to abide by your own Association's rules, particularly when youth members
are present. After all, it is not all that difficult to do with ginger ale
instead of champagne on New Year's Eve, if that is the BSA's standard, is it?
Knowing that this is an issue that will come up whenever you are in an
international setting, perhaps you could mention the BSA's policy on whether
or not Scouts should have alcohol. You may wish to be a bit looser with the
rules when you are in a group of adults only - but that's your decison.
As you noted, European kids are often legally introduced to alcohol a bit
earlier than their American counterparts, particularly in relation to
special occasions. European society is set up for this to be the way things
are. American society, clearly, is not. American kids are less likely to
handle the situation with a reasonable measure of responsibility than their
European counterparts, because the expectations of the relative societies
Best to stick to the societal norms you are involved with on a day to day
basis than to make temporary "allowances" in cases like this, I think.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City