Re: Sheath Knives (was yet more on the whole Jere Ratcliffe thing)
Thu, 8 May 1997 18:27:59 -0800
The Wizard wrote:
> We had a boy bring an impressive sheath knife to summer camp last year. He
> was going for his Wilderness Survival merit badge and felt it was appropriate.
> While pre-checking the boys' packs the counselor found the knife and freaked.
> To make matters worse, the next day during morning announcements the Camp
> Commissioner made a big deal about it, brandishing the knife and asking the
> Scout that owned it to step forward. As luck would have it, he was off
> working on some other merit badge so he was spared the public humiliation
> they had planned for him.
>Wizard brings up a good point here-the conduct of so-called adult Scouters in regards to their public dealings with the Scouts. I thought that the bullying of boys was an Inland Northwest problem only. As a Boy Scout, my brother & I were cubs & Scouts in
what could best be called a navy council-my sons were Scouts in an army dominated council, so when the wife & I, along with our grandsons came up here-you could say that we came under civilian control. In our district we have some 1st rate SM's, but our
district council, of which I am a member, I was shocked at the way they talked to some of the lads. Trying to get the older Scouters to follow the rules is often like pulling teeth. Not knowing any-better, as BS roundtable commish, the courses & classes I
present or oversea attampts to follow BSA policy, where they have the guts to spell it out in English-it never fails that the older commish's & our senior SM will interrupt with "we don't do it that way" or "that won't work."!
Is this just our area or is this
the norm for the district councils out there? Leave Jere out of this one.
George A. Paccerelli, "I use to be an Antelope" now I suspect I am in
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City