Re: Sheath Knives--public humiliation
Everett Holm (eholm@LPI.RENO.NV.US)
Thu, 8 May 1997 16:51:26 -0700
While many individuals may tout public humiliation as a tool, Scouters
don't. The reason you find no official documentation that supports its use,
is because it is called hazing (no, no not the h word) and hazing is a form
of abuse. It is wrong and it is offensive. When seeing the first post that
this was done at camp in front all the Scouts at assembly and then by a
staff member (if I recall correctly), I was apalled.
So while the traditions may continue due to thier "entertainment value."
Just what kind of values do we emphasize when we do these types of things??
We may think that public humiliation is fun, but it is demoralizing to the
This is a situation that would definitely been better handled in a small
conference with the Scout and leaders of the troop.
At 06:19 PM 5/8/97 +0600, you wrote:
>There are many scouters that tout the value of public humiliation as an
>educational tool although I have never found any official documentation
>that supports its use. I have always suspected that such traditions
>continue due to thier entertainment value.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City