Re: Re: Hazing whatever number
Steve Poole (sdpoole@WINTERNET.COM)
Sun, 17 Sep 1995 22:38:16 -0500
> This issue seems to pop up regularly, although I never herd the term
> 'hazing' before I subscribed to SCOUTS-L. Like many, I have been
> through various 'initiation' rites over my life, and while I don't
> bear too many scars, I can see the destructive side of the process.
> BUT I can also see the positive side... and this is perhaps why boys
> in particular are attracted by some gangs that have pretty bizarre
> initiation rites. I think the powerful part is the feeling of
> belonging that comes from a strong shared experience.
> So to get the positive side, design 'team bonding' activities that are
> well controlled, do not include humiliation, and have some stability
> through time. Maybe this is why we feel such a bond with our Woodbadge
I too remember several initiations I went through as a scout. Snipe hunting
was at the top of the list. Yes I agree that true hazing should not be a
part of the scouting program. But I think we should not do away with
Every society in the world has initiations and rites of passage. They
mark the ending of the old and the beginning of the new. School graduation,
marrage, confirmation, OA conclaves, crossing the bridge, transitions from
wolf to bear to webelos are all rites of passage. I think there should be
more of them in our society. They help define who we are and what is
expected of us.
Steve Poole Den 1 Pack 445 Indianhead Council Eagan, Mn.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City