Please read - part 11
Juel A. Fitzgerald (juel@USA.PIPELINE.COM)
Sat, 8 Jun 1996 13:37:42 GMT
This request is meant to be a positive experience for the SPL and
not a form of hazing. What we are looking for are statements of
reinforcements to the individual. These are a Senior in high school and a
freshmen in college who are not expecting any type of mail.
Postcards giving forms of encouragement to improve leadership skills are
really what is looked for here and bits of humor if you are inclined to do
so. NO scout or adult is ever put in a situation where they are forced to
read whatever mail they do get, especially personal stuff from family
members and girl friends. We don't want to make any scout or adult feel
uncomfortable in front of their peers. There is a daily assembly and a
roll call is done where the name of the receipent is being called up to get
the piece of mail and it if he chooses to read it so be it.
This request is a form of providing positive reinforcement for the scout in
charge and at the same time watch his face as his name is being called "x"
amount of times for each piece that comes in and show that someone out
there cares that he is doing a good.
I am sorry to hear that a scout had the unfortunate experience of being
forced to read his mail: this is very very wrong! If my request is
considered as a form of hazing, then I think a discussion here on what the
term "hazing" means should be done.
I thank those of you will are willing to send supportive messages to these
young men. It will be an experience they will remember for the rest of
their lives and they will have pieces of momentos to take home as well.
Stephen M. Lang
Asst. SM Troop 2
Dan Beard Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City