Re: Child killings - Scotland
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Thu, 14 Mar 1996 14:17:03 EST
I agree with Kathy's point that it is to scouting's credit that the
killer in Scotland was booted out of scouts over twenty years ago.
This shows that our procedures work; I don't think this is a black eye
In fact, I think it is a sign of scouting's strength and value that
they even mention the guy was a former scouter. Mentioning it makes
the case all the more shocking and horrifying, since everyone knows
scouters typically don't do such things.
Didn't someone say that the guy was booted out of scouting for
exposing scouts to extreme cold temps on a camping trip in the
Scottish highlands? IMHO, there's got to be more to it than that.
After our discussions a couple of months ago about cold weather
camping, it sounds like lots of us could have been booted out for the
same thing this past winter. I took my boys out in 0 degree F weather
last December, and a bunch of you in more northern climes both here
and abroad have regaled us with wonderful stories about taking your
boys camping in weather far colder than that. It just seems to me
that there had to have been more to him getting kicked out of scouts
than a cold-weather camping trip.
If anyone hears anything further about this guy's scouting background,
please post. Ian Ford, you will no doubt be a prime source of news on
this tragedy for us here across the pond. Feel like being a foreign
correspondent for awhile on this?
All our prayers in Troop 113 go out to the families, of course.
SM, Troop 113
GW District, NCAC
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