Re: Drinking Policy
Dave McCullough (Mccecolsys@AOL.COM)
Mon, 3 Jul 1995 16:08:01 -0400
On July 2, you wrote, "What should be the rules regarding drinking for U.S.
Scouts and Scouters while on Scouting trips in other countries where the
rules and customs are
I am all for the expanding of cultural awareness while taking part in
international events. This includes living with local families, taking part
in local customs, and yes, drinking alcohol if the local custom dictates.
It is interesting that you bring this up, as I had my first drink of alcohol
during an international Scouting function. I was sixteen when I went to
Dalajamb in 1979 (substitute for the canceled World Jamboree that year). We
stayed with families who lived on the north coast of Denmark. During meals
beer was served. Later when we visited Munich, we went as a troop in uniform
to the Hofbrau Haus and one of our Assistant Scoutmasters (who was a priest)
bought the first round. (I say first round, but it was the only round, since
they were liter steins). While at the Hofbrau Haus, we saw several other
U.S. Jamboree troops in uniform (Many of the Germans that we met thought we
were U.S. military. When they found out we were U.S. Scouts going to the
World Jamboree, they wanted to buy us beer). At no time was the drinking
irresponsible, and yes, those who chose not to drink had other options
available to them.
Certainly these experiences were instructive to me. I learned much more
about the lives and culture of Europe by visiting and doing, rather than just
reading about it. Since alcohol is a part of the custom and culture that I
was visiting, I see nothing wrong with drinking it during international
Scouting functions under these circumstances. (On the other hand, I would
have thought it a little strange if the Scoutmasters had rented us all BMWs
and told us to go for it on the autobahn :-) .
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City