Re: Drinking Policy on International Trips?
Vicki Palmer (c532694@SHOWME.MISSOURI.EDU)
Mon, 3 Jul 1995 09:48:54 -0500
Wanted to ad my $0.02 worth...
First of all, I agree with most people. When a scout (whether boy or
girl) is in another country, they are representing our USA scouting
organizations. Therefore, we should abide by OUR rules, one of which is
no alcohol. If adult scouts wish to partake then that is their choice.
That is the key here, CHOICE. When in uniform, we should be conscious of
how we are perceived and CHOOSE to not partake. I understand the need to
want to experience the customs of other countries, but most of the time
the parents of the scout in question are not there to make those types of
decisions. Like I said, adults may choose to do what they want but must
keep in mind the rules of BSA or GSUSA.
As for your scenarios... The first may be fine since the mother was
there to say ok but again I say it should be a choice to not partake.
It may be harder to decide when not in uniform. However, anytime a scout
(adult or youth) is in uniform, policies must prevail.
Case in point. A couple of years ago, our Girl Scout council took a trip
to Europe. Upon returning I heard of an adult who had "had a beer" but
it was without youth scouts around and she WAS of legal drinking age. No
one was in uniform, etc. Like I said and has been said before, adults
out of uniform can decide for themselves, after all they are adults,
right 8-) 8-)
Sorry for the longish post. Hope I haven't sounded too preachy, was not
meant to sound that way. Sorry, too for the somewhat garbled writing,
it's too early on Monday morning 8-)
Looks like it turned out to be more like $0.05 worth.
Heart of MO GS Council - Columbia, MO
Gold Award 1989
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City