Terry Calderwood (tjcalder@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Sat, 10 May 1997 20:23:49 -0500
In regards to the use of public humiliation, I do not recall
either the SCOUT OATH or LAW mentioning humiliation.
If we expect Scout's to follow the SCOUT OATH and LAW then
we as Scouter's must set a positive example. The use of
public humiliation goes contrary to the both the SCOUT
OATH and LAW.
Recently at our District's Spring Camporee, several Scout's
and Scouter's lost some of their property. TRUSTWORTHY, KIND and
HELPFUL Scouts and Scouters found the lost property and turned
it over to the Camporee Staff.
The camporee staff returned the property only after the owners
were required to sing a silly kid's song at the campfire. Again,
public humiliation at work. Why? I have yet to meet a person who
at some time in their life have not lost something. When I find
something, I return the property to the owner. My satisfaction
comes from knowing that I did the right thing.
The campfire was one of the worst I have ever seen. Yet the
camporee staff was not subjected to public humiliation. Why?
Because in this situation what is needed is positive feedback.
I am sure the next campfire will be better because Scouts learn
by doing and by receiving guidance and teaching from Older Scouts
Finally, if you feel that public humiliation is an appropriate
learning tool, remember everyone makes mistakes. If you subject
others to public humiliation you should be willing to be
pubically humiliated the next time you make a mistake .
Yours in Scouting
Terry J Calderwood
The Future Belongs to the Brave , not the Weak-at-Heart
President Ronald Regan
January 26, 1986
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City