Re: Hazing or just fun?!
Jess Olonoff (jolonoff@GATE.NET)
Wed, 20 Mar 1996 10:39:27 -0500
What made the smoke shifter (sifter), tent stretcher and snipe hunt
believable was that there is a basis in fact for all these things. A
flue will shift the direction smoke flows and is exactly what I and
another Scout made when asked to obtain one once. Canvas is often
stretched; ask any artist and the snipe does exist; just usually in
places you would rather not camp in!
While all these events are supposed to be good clean fun some kids do not
see it that way. Are they a bit sensitive? Maybe so. But the reaction
upon return by the Troop is what makes the difference. If we knew
everyone involved would make fun of the task and not the boy and make
sure the boy understood this was a way to welcome all Scouts everything
would probably be OK. The difficulty lies here. Not everyone made it
clear the job was the silly part and the attempt to complete an
impossible mission was a job well done. Not everyone made it clear that
this was a test to see if a boy would "Do his Best" and was congratulated
instead of ridiculed upon return.
Everyone likes a good joke; few of us appreciate it when the joke is at
our own expense.
Jess Olonoff, CM Pack-206 | Eagle - 1970, T-10 Tulsa, Okla.
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