Native American Theme
Jan Bemis (jbemis@WOODBADGE.MA.ULTRANET.COM)
Mon, 5 Feb 1996 12:18:18 -0500
My turn to get flamed. So, here goes:
Knights of the Roundtable, Fiesta, Canada, Akela's Council...
These are all themes in Cub Scouting having to do with learning
about another time, another place, another culture. Dress-up is
You have to remember who we are doing all this for in Cub Scouting,
7 to 10 year olds! These boys LOVE pretending to be someone or
Years ago, when no one (from European decent) thought anything
wrong with boys this age playing "Cowboys & Indians", the BSA was
already teaching them the beauty & spirit that is found in the
Native American Cultures. I have a Program Helps from the 50's
with the Chief Akela, Webelos Tribe Crossover Ceremony included.
The Jungle Book is about the animals in India. Fiesta teaches
the boys about our neighbors in Mexico & Canada about our neighbors
due north. And I'm sure, with our limited knowledge of these
subjects, we make errors. But we aren't doing these themes to
offend anyone. We do these themes to teach the boys things like
respect & tolerance & understanding.
If we have no business including Native American Themes in our
program than all the other themes relating to the many cultures
around our world should also be forbidden for the same reason.
And that includes the Jungle Book considering how many of us know
anything at all about THAT theme.
Remember the saying:
"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery".
Yours in Scouting,
Cub Scout Roundtable Commish, Mohegan Council, MA, NECS-40 "Owl",
"What do you mean, there are no meetings tonight!?"
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City