Re: Hazing or just fun?!
Adam Gray (agray@ECN.PURDUE.EDU)
Tue, 19 Mar 1996 08:34:17 -0500
> 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?
Well, let me first introduce myself. My name is Adam Gray and I
am an Eagle scout from troop 242 in Greenfield Indiana. I am currently an
assitant scoutmaster and still an active member of many service groups
including Firecrafter, OA, and Alpha Phi Omega. I am a college student
at Purdue University.
Being a college student I have seen and heard of many hazing activities
and have experienced both the good and the bad of hazing. Having a little fun
is not a big deal but no one knows where to draw the line. You can not
really know what a boy is thinking and how he feels when he finnaly finds
out that there are no snipe. I think there are much better ways of having
fun and promoting unity and that there is no need to test the limits of
a boy to see if he "can handle it".
-Adam D. Gray
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City