Hazing or just fun?!
Tim McCormick (timmac@AIRMAIL.NET)
Mon, 18 Mar 1996 09:18:53 -0600
The following was on another list, but I felt it more appropriate on this list.
Also, Steven Speilberg spoke at the 1989 national jamboree. The GW
district's Join Scouting Night video features him regaling the boys
with the story of the snipe hunt he went on during his first camping
trip, in which he was "initiated" into BSA.
Of course, in today's BSA, this is considered hazing (along with
asking a tenderfoot to find you a smoke shifter, tent stretcher or
plaid paint) and is not allowed. Still, it was a funny story!
My question is, whether or not asking a new scout, or an older one for that
matter, to retrieve the things listed such as "smoke shifter," "tent
stretcher," "plaid paint," or other things like a "Spaghetti bender" is
considered undr BSA policy to be hazing.
I realize that any of these things can be taken too far, but are we to
the point that any good natured fun is outlawed, or should I say "in
violation of policy?" Please, no flaming. I sincerely don't know if we in
BSA have succomb to regulating beyond common sense in order to cover our
tails. What is the general consensus and what is the policy?
Tim McCormick Committee Chairman
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Thomas Nelson/Word Frontier Trails District
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