Re: Bobcat Ceremonies
Mon, 25 Sep 1995 10:01:52 CDT
All of this about hazing.......
I have been on the Cub Training team for 5 years and have seen many
changes over those years, however, the most that has been made of the
parctice of turning a boy upside down is the idea that it "could" be
considered hazing and the possibility of dropping a boy.
In the time that I spent as a CM, I never had one boy OR parent complain
about the practice. No boy ever was ever frightened or brought to tears
or dropped. In my experience, every boy looked forward it. As for
dropping the boy, I always had the father, or the mother with the DL's
help, invert the boy. Some parents would even go so far as to hold the
boy upside down longer and even shake him a bit. As I said, not a single
boy or parent complained about the practice over the 5 years that I was
associated with that particular pack.
The practice, while not encouraged, continues in many packs. We have
received no directives about NOT using it. We are just encouraged to use
care and understanding. If a boy is truly frightened, don't do it. Use
some common sense.
We do have on pack that uses a wooden "branding iron", a "campfire" and
baby powder to "brand" the pack number on the boys as they finish their
Bobcat requirements. I guess this could also be considered hazing, as you
make the boy turn around and bend over as you "brand" him. I guess it
depends on how far you want to carry the definition.
'95 Stone Age Pow Wow Chair
Cub RT Commissioner
High Plains District I used to be a Bobwhite....C-CS-6
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