Re: BSA: Bobcat Badge Ceremonies Needed
Jerry Gray (Jerryegray@AOL.COM)
Tue, 26 Sep 1995 11:23:11 -0400
In a message dated 95-09-25 12:32:46 EDT, you write:
>We explain to the new cubs and their parents the significance of wearing the
>badge upside down until they do a Good Turn. We also explain though, that an
>award cannot be given upside down. Therefore, we have to turn the *boy*
>upside down. Dads lift, Moms pin (allowing for differences in families the
>is always willing to help lift the boy as needed).
If our Pack used this ceremony it was stopped long before I became involved
with it (almost 10 years ago). As part of the Bobcat Award ceremony, and all
the rank award ceremonies in our Pack, we present the badge to the parents,
and ask that they "pin it on the Scout upside down until such time as he does
his first good turn toward someone else without being asked." I do challenge
you to show me where it says you can't pin a badge on upside down.
Pack/Troop traditions are most often good, but when IMHO, I can't see the
point of risking the hazing thing. A tradition of turning a 2nd grader upside
down to pin on a badge may be harmless enough. So is running a rookie
camper's drawers up the flagpole and making him retrieve them, but the latter
IS considered hazing.
As a council, we do not ecourage this kind of Bobcat ceremony, there are so
many others that are effective enough without and physical or mental
Cub Roundtable Commissioner/Cub Training Chairman
Nutmeg District - Connecticut Rivers Council
and a good ol' Bear, too!
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