Leslie D. Fife (ldfife@BACHMAN.CS.OU.EDU)
Mon, 29 Jul 1996 09:33:20 -0500
I previously made a comment about the "Gopher Song" and received this
reply. I have chosen to leave the author anonymous, as this was in
That "rather disgusting" song is part of one of my earliest memories of
my Boy Scout days. It was sung on the bus (Troop bus) to my _very_ first
Boy Scout campout, back in 1958. Also sung on that trip was another little
ditty about Helen and her steamboat. If you find that inappropriate, you
would probably disagree with _most_ of the campfire songs that my _daughter_
learned at Girl Scout Camp, 3 years ago. I don't think it any more
disgusting than "Mama's Soup Surprise".
I suspect this opinion is not uncommon. And he is correct, I may have
disagreed with many of the songs.
IMO we are trying to raise young men and women, by exposing them to concepts,
ideas, activities, etc. that ennoble and enlighten. There is sufficient
vulgarity, crudity, and off-color entertainment in this world, without
our use of it in our programs.
My challenge is that we each find ways to incorporate into our programs
songs, skits, cheers, etc. that are fun for boys, and that are of good report
or praiseworthy. We should be trying to build better men and women, not
baser men and women.
Am I wrong?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City