Re: Totin' Chip and Hazing
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sat, 10 May 1997 21:26:41 -0400
Ian and I are in total agreement that actions should have consequences.
The consequences ought to be "natural" (if you don't plan a meal, you're
hungry), or "logical" (mishandle a knife and you get retrained in knife
work). We ought to intervene when the natural consequences of an action,
or an incipient action, will cause harm to the scout. We don't want to
shrug off the Safe Swim Defense rules by thinking that the scouts will
learn from ignoring the rules: dead scouts don't learn much.
Public humiliation (in all its guises) is neither natural nor logical.
Nor does it work to change behavio(u)r.
Alas, there are those (like the Eagle scout quoted in an earlier post)
who have been taught that all consequences are hazing. Unless someone
teaches him that his actions have consequences, he'll not learn from his
It is PC to feel "good" about oneself and one's actions. The moral
education that is part of scouting allows one to suffer consequences for
one's incorrect actions, learn from those consequences, and (it is hoped)
not repeat them as often. When we have "feel good" as our primary aim,
we lose sight of the aims of scouting. Sometimes, learning doesn't "feel
Paul H. Brown, KD4UPD
I used to be an Antelope, WB 82-66
Pack Committee Chairman, Unit Commissioner, Roundtable Commissioner
George Washington District, National Capital Area Council, BSA
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