Re: Culturally Sensitive Xmas
John Gallant (jag@PT.COM)
Tue, 7 Nov 1995 11:22:43 EST
Mike, Michael and members,
[From e-mail by Michael Derleth <75112.1671@COMPUSERVE.COM>]
>I seem to remember a discussion about being sensitive to different
>religions and cultures in planning holiday parties for scout troops.
>If I can obtain enough advice from the members of this list, I would
>like to put on such a party, as an example for the leaders attending
>my December Scout Leader Roundtable.
I can speak from personable experience how "unsettling" a christmas
theme can be on scouts who are not Christian. Where we used to live my
boys were the only Jewish scouts in the pack. The last two years we
were there the Pack put on a christmas theme party that included
presents, carols, and even Santa handing out the wrapped derby kits
to all the boys.
It was very difficult for us to be there, the first year my younger
son (as a tiger) was in tears because he was Jewish and did not think
that he would be able to get a derby kit to participate in the Tiger part
of the derby. We ended up doing some of the events that we felt comfortable
with but did not do most of the stuff. We were there to "support" our
fellow scouts but we did not feel a "part" of the meeting.
[From e-mail by "Michael F. Bowman" <mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG>]
>Your question is one that many Scouters have to wrestle with at this
>point in the year. Many Packs find that an International Holidays night
>is the best approach using a December International Theme. ..........
This sounds *wonderful*, I can see where everyone would feel a part
of the meeting. We could bring latkies :-).
My new Pack along with two other neighboring Packs join in a
Carnival night that the proceeds go to a local homeless shelter. All
the games are played by the scouts and their siblings. The "fee" is a
nickel or penny and all the kids "win" and get penny candy for a
prize. Our Den had the "Ring the Bottle" game and we had one little
girl who loved our game. She was just learning to walk and she would
"toddle" over to the bottles and carefully place one of the rings over
the nearest bottle. We would all cheer for her and offer her a chance
to pick a prize. She didn't want any of the candy she just loved to
hear us all cheer for her :-) :-).
John A. Gallant
It's only an hour a week, ...when you're running at light speed !
Asst. Cubmaster/Pack 29
Letchworth District / Iroquois Trail Council
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