SMOKING (was Re: Return From Philmont)
Larry Jones (lwjones@GULFTEL.COM)
Tue, 18 Jun 1996 19:46:47 -0500
> Isn't Philmont subject to the National BSA no smoking policy (Section
>IV, Guide to Safe Scouting,1994 edition) :
This concerned me when attending W-CS-38 at Philmont this past May. They had
3 smoking areas set up for the convience of the participants, and staff. Luckily
my Den had no smokers in it, so we weren't affected. But I know one den that
spent a good deal of their den sessions in the smoking area by the PTC office.
I also had the same experience happen when attending NCS at Camp Winnataska,
outside Birmingham this past March. The program director stated early on that
BSA policy mandates that smoking should be done in the parking lot, outside
the camp gate, BUT since time was limited and several of the staff were smokers
that they were giving a special dispensation for the course to smoke by the
pole behind the dining hall (where the majority of the sessions were held).
Now if it seems like I'm harping on this, I am. If the good Lord lets me make
it until 2:30 pm this Friday, it will be 3 years since I quit smoking (a 23
year habit). If BSA made the policy, then it SHOULD be inforced. If you let
one policy slide, then soon it will be another, and another ...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City