Daniel W Brown (dabrown2@VT.EDU)
Wed, 13 Sep 1995 09:08:23 +0600
>Sorry, but I just have a hard time looking at a kid doing the "Prairie
>Flower Dance" and characterizing it as a "damaging and disgusting incident
>I believe if you stay aware of your boys and keep an eye out when
>something like this happens you can make a decision at the time. If all
>the boys are laughing and joking around including the "hazee" it's
>probably okay just to let it go.
I must admit that I have never seen a "Prairie Flower Dance" so I cannot
comment directly. Here in the mountains of Virginia, its hard enough to
find enough flat land for my tent, much less anything one might call a
prairie. But I am aquainted with its ilk (a much maligned beast <grin>).
I have seen an apparently normal scout reduced to tears, leave camp, and
leave scouting after being forced to sing "Gray Squrrel" in front of the
whole camp in the dining hall. His sin was going out the in door. In
defence of the staff members involved, it was later noted that they did not
know about the scouts previous mental and emotional problems dating from the
time of his mother's suicide about two years earlier. The scoutmaster and
camp nurse knew, but they were at the first aid lodge attending to some bee
I think that we need to examine each activities closely asking if thier
value is in teaching the victim or entertaining the perpetrators. You may
not realize how much damage you cause until it is too late to repair it. I
think we need to teach all of our scouts that the dignity of other is worth
more than thier own entertainment. I am not saying that we cannot have fun,
but this ritual that had been repeated several times a week all summer and
for untold years turned evil without warning.
Others may split hairs over what is or is not hazing, I do not. As the
saying goes "If it quacks like a duck, its a duck".
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City