Re: drugs & alcohol
Bob Evans (evans@THEBORG.WES.ARMY.MIL)
Tue, 6 Feb 1996 12:59:08 -0600
In the BSA, the Scout Oath includes the words "physically strong and mentally
awake." I would suggest that using drugs violates this part of the Scout Oath.
Also, by using illegal drugs, a scout is violating the "duty to country"
Of course, scout leaders can't follow each scout around. And we can't accuse
anyone based on 2nd hand information. However, if there is an indication that
one of the scouts in a troop is using drugs, some action should be taken. Not
a punitive action, but a corrective action. The Scout leaders should talk to
the scouts in general and have a side conference with the specific scouts.
Hopefully, this would help to straighten out the scouts. If the scout or scouts
do not change and continue to violate the scout oath, then they must be removed
from membership. This would apply for any action that violates the Scout Oath
or Law, not just use of illegal drugs. You do what you can to help the person
but sooner or later the person in question must decide if he will help himself.
I know that in some countries marijuana use is legal. But if the scout oath in
those countries includes anything like the "physically strong and mentally
awake" clause of the BSA, then the Scout Leaders in that country should stress
that use of marijuana and other drugs does violate their oath as scouts.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City