Re: Totin' Chip and Hazing
H. Alan Schup (aschup@WHY.NET)
Mon, 12 May 1997 16:20:54 -0500
At 8:30 AM 05/9/97, Joseph Alessi wrote:
>I walked over to him and made a comment that it was rare that a corner has
>to be cut off of the toten' chip of an eagle scout. His response was that
>"you can't do that any more - it's considered hazing".
My suggestion is to say that hazing implies emotional abuse, and since it
is the duty of the PLC or SM to correct problems in private, then by
definition it is not abuse. By the Eagle Scout's attitude, I would have
instantly started a SM Conference with the theme on "Setting the Example"
and A Scout Is Obedient". In all cases, a corner would have been removed
at a minimum, and if the Eagle Scout's attitude was less than that of being
cooperative, the entire card would be confiscated and he would have to earn
it from scratch, (from a Tenderfoot Scout as a teacher?). If the Scout is
earning Palms, methinks he will have to work harder in his Scout Spirit
My troop's PLC has a written bylaw that states that Totin' Chip may be
revoked upon demand should the Scout show reckless disregard of the safety
rules. We use the corner system as a reminder of previous safety
violations to know how many times it has occurred as to when the Scout is
"reckless". If the violation is a big one, then the card is confiscated on
the first violation y the PLC.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City