Re: SCOUTS-L Digest - 19 Mar 1996 to 20 Mar 1996
Dan OCanna (ocanna@ALPHA.CAER.UKY.EDU)
Thu, 21 Mar 1996 09:08:40 EST
This thread is running a bit long but I feel this story should
be shred with the group. It was related to me by the perpetrator
a co-worker and Eagle Scout.
My friend and a buddy organized a snipe hunt for the benefit of a new
Scout on one of the first nights of summer camp. The camp had a good
sized lake and the conspiritors took the newbie to the far side
and left him. The young fellow got a bit scared and tried to find
his way to camp but was unable to do so. He found the lake and
could see the lights of the camp across the water (something over
a quarter mile away). The hazee decided to swim back to camp.
The body was dealt with accordinly.
I'm sure no one on the list would consider the above to be the kind
of quality Scouting experience we want to provide to the members of
our troops. That is the problem with hazing. If done in a gentle
and caring manner it can help bond the newbies with the group. In
most cases adolecents are not skilled enough socialy (nor are a lot
of adults) to keep unfortunate incidents from happening.
In this case the hazers went back to fetch the snipe hunter, and
started searching for him. They heard him sobbing as he swam and
met him at the shore, took the cold and terrified "body" back to
camp, warmed him up, fed him some hot chocolate and sucessfully
kept the incident from the Scoutmaster. My friend told me he
thought about getting in trouble at the time but not 'till years
later did the tragic posibilities of the prank occur to him.
In my opinion hazing has no place in Souting. Any bonding experiences
that can be gained through them can be better achieved through other
Yours in the spirit of Scouting,
Dan O'Canna [firstname.lastname@example.org] Lexington, KY
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City