Re: Scouts with excess energy
Jim Miller Sr. (JJMSR@AOL.COM)
Mon, 1 Apr 1996 12:24:43 -0500
I've kept quite on this topic for a long time, but given the number of people
out there who "disbelieve" the young man's story, I'll throw in my two cents.
In my first year at camp as a kid, we were subjected to the exact kind of
hazing described by this young scout. All this with the knowledge of the
scoutmaster. My reaction to this was to not return to camp ever again with
that troop. I stayed a member of the troop all the way through Eagle, but I
never attended summer camp with them again. Luckily for me, I had a friend
in another local troop, and each year after that I attended with them.
What effect did this have on my scouting career? Well, I didn't become a
member of the OA until I was an adult since I had to be elected by my own
troop. Not a big deal for me. But what about the others who didn't have
another troop they could go to? Did they just drop out of scouting and miss
the other wonderful scouting opportunities completely?
As adult scouters, it behooves us to weed out the young men who engage in
these activities and hopefully stop them from this kind of cruel hazing. I
wouldn't want to drive them from scouting, I would prefer to help them change
Adults who condone or participate in this kind of action however, should be
removed from scouting and immediately reported to the proper authorities for
child abuse. That may seem harsh, however if we can prevent one child from
being harmed or turned off to scouting it is worth it.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City