Re: Bellringer Skit
Jay M. Thal (Jay_M._Thal@HUD.GOV)
Tue, 19 Sep 1995 13:36:34 EST
<< Did I think that the Bellringer skits were funny. . .as a child.
<< How does the Bellringer skit make boys good citizens >>
This is not intended to be a Flame. But, the response below
to my commentary makes a point better than I had, and I know
there was no malice intended in it.
When I wear that other hat that allows me to feed and house
my family, and during that "one hour a week" indulge in that
fantasy that is Scouting, I find myself heavily involved in
issues dealing with "Zero Tolerance", and violence in the
workplace, and safety and security.
As I was growing up we were always told: "Sticks and stones
will break your bones, but words will never hurt you." I am
older now, and know the latter part to be untrue. Words can
be injurious, they can represent insensitivity, they can
engender hostility and retaliation. But conflict avoidance
is the preferred path.
In fact, now that it is mentioned, the incorporation of the
"Bellringer" skit into a SM minute dealing with sensitivity,
and alternative ways of getting the metaphorical bell rung
could be a good thing. I can be an object lesson.
Fun is, unquestionably, an intergral part of Scouting and of
life. But I know that I have often laughed while feeling
embarrassed by doing so. The question, then, is what can be
done about it.
While humor comes from exaggeration, the telling (tolling)
point is that if it would be inappropriate to perform this
skit "with handicapped/differently abled people attending",
it is inappropriate (IMnotsoHO) to tell it at any time. To
tell it to a "fully abled" group, alone, reduces it to a
backroom session of an exclusionary group.
It doesn't, Jay. But it is fun, which is also a goal of Scouting and a
major reason why there are Scouts. There are plenty of chances
to teach values in a campout, and in fact the SM minute that closes
most campfires is an excellent time to do so.
Virtually any skit derives it's humor from exaggerating some aspect
of a situation. The key is to not personalize the skit, and certainly
not perform it in a situation where it would be clearly inappropriate
such as a camput with handicapped/differently abled people attending.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City