Wed, 13 Dec 1995 07:12:51 -0500
Several people have fretted about "secrecy": in the Order of the Arrow
ceremonies; at troop campouts; at Boards (specially, Eagle Boards) of
Review, and who knows what else.
Come on! In the words of the current Hooters campaign, "Get a grip!"
Are these parents so paranoid that they can't trust their own child to
comport himself with honor and dignity in the very next room? What are
they afraid of? That their son might actually speak for himself, and
I cannot believe there was actually extended discussion on whether it
was permissible for a parent to bring the son to an Eagle Board of
Review! Does the parent need permission to bring the scout to scout
meetings? Then more discussion on whether the parent can be denied
presence at the actual Board? Do these people have nothing better to
do than to imagine fiendish complex plots? Whatever happened to "A
scout is Trustworthy"? Or don't these parents believe their scout is
trustworthy? Then maybe the scout isn't ready to advance.
Let us be mindful always that there is a distinction between secrecy
and confidentiality, between openness and exposure.
I'll take that cold compress now, and lie down.
Manuel Pablo, ASM, T-1518, Springfield, VA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City