Hazing 1,2,3, and 4
Lisa Varner (lvarner@FREENET.COLUMBUS.OH.US)
Wed, 13 Sep 1995 23:00:31 -0400
Just a thought that you all may not have thought of. Hazing activities,
while you may consider some harmless fun, (and may very well be), should
not be condoned by troop leaders in any way, shape, or form. Why you ask,
if it is just a harmful act of singing a song, or doing cleanup detail?
Thinking back to my days in Girl Scouting, many moons ago. I remember the
hazing done to scouts in the tents and behind scout leaders backs was
always twice as hard and twice as hurtful. For hazing, or an initiation, to
truly be a positive experience and fun, the hazee would have to know in
his/her heart that he can trust those doing the hazing, not to go too far,
and thus allow himself to be hazed. BUT, kids do not know when enough is
enough, they do not know when things are harmful, they may THINK they
know, but they do not.
We are there to set an example. If we allow hazing even in its mildest form,
as they get older, they always want to try something new and more
adventurous. When do they say, "Enough!" And in a group of kids, who
will be the first to speak? And who will hesitate just one more time.
Lisa Varner << firstname.lastname@example.org >>
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