Re: drugs & alcohol
Jim Gibson (nefesh@ZEUS.JERSEY.NET)
Thu, 8 Feb 1996 00:57:18 +0000
I think that the discussion of the topic of drug, alcohol, and
tobacco use should go above a moralistic or legal viewpoint. I have
used all three and will not comment on whether they are OK to use or
an evil habit.
I think we are trying to teach Scouts respect for their bodies AND
their minds, and as such we should suggest to them that they NOT
abuse their minds or bodies with drugs, alcohol, OR tobacco. We
as leaders should be exemplifying this suggestion by refraining from
consumption of these products (yes...all of them) on Scouting
events. Making lectures will not do it. Pamphlets and programs and
talks from the police won't do it. We must do it by SHOWING them.
Yes, I know that it is hard for smokers to not smoke, and drinkers to
not drink. And it is ridiculous for us to hide this behavior by
"sneaking" smokes and drinks -- the kids know better. But we should,
at very least, try our best. A short anecdote as to what is NOT "our
We took our Cubs camping last year to the local Council campground.
It was a cool fall weekend and the grounds were fairly deserted. One
groups of Scouts, though, seemed to be doing nothing but roaming,
mocking our Cubs, making a lot of noise, and causing, apparently,
damage to the campground. At last the Ranger was forced to evict
the group because the leaders, who should have been supervising the
boys, were sitting around the site with "beers in their hand" while
the boys did what they wanted.
Admittedly, this is an extreme case (I hope!). But the point is
that Scouting (IMHO) is a lesson in example of leadership. Would we
allow teachers to drink or smoke in class? Sitters or day-care
workers while they were on duty? Just because we are volunteers
doesn't mean we should have a lower standard.
Sorry for the pontification. Just my $0.02.
Yours in Scouting,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City