Re: Sheath Knives--public humiliation)
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Thu, 15 May 1997 16:03:49 -0500
>I have noted that all of the "testimonials" about being the subject of a
>snipe hunt, etc. point out that the poster was not embarassed,
>humiliated, and suffered no damage from the event. I think that it is
>significant that there are no posts from anyone with a different
The only reason why I haven't posted *my* particular story about my
"snipe hunt", Blaine, was because it was peppered with so many four and
twelve-lettered words that I uttered at near 4am at my former Patrol Leader,
his Assistant and the three other senior boys in the Troop that "initiated
me", that I felt it best that I DON'T post it here!!
Bottom line: I was taken out to a wooded area behind the housing area where
we lived on a "Patrol campout", left there overnight (from 11pm to 4am) to
"hunt for snipes", and found myself totally lost in the blackness of a
military training area (which wasn't as dangerous as it sounds, but there
ARE unexploded ordinance in many of the training areas....just not where we
were at, or else I wouldn't be here to post this).
Even with this, as I wrote in the languaged-laced chapter in "Patches and
Pins", ten years later I was finding myself at summer camp as Scoutmaster
instructing Scouts on how to MAKE a "left-handed smoke shifter" and a "bacon
stretcher" so that when other Scouters would send kids over to us asking for
one of those, one of my Scouts would say "Yeah....got one here...here you
go...." and then see the faces of *that* Scoutmaster or Assistant or
well-meaning parent when the kid comes back, proud as all-get out, because
unlike his peers that went after a "bucket of fresh air" or some other
stuff, HE "delivered"!
It's NOT funny, even though some of us can recall and laugh now.....it was
very unconfortable and yeah, embarrassing. As I wrote in "Patches and
Pins", "...I was so embarrassed...but more than that, I was so mad for being
left out there to basically "look for something that wasn't there".
Believe me, Blaine, I can recall every minute of being out there....the fear
I had from not knowing where I was; the fear of the snakes and the other
animals in such a place; the isolation from being out there in total
darkness later to know that they were a quarter to a half a mile away,
laughing because "Mike's out there somewhere". It was cold, Blaine....it
was in mid October when this happened, and I didn't have my jacket with me
("your red jacket would scare off the snipes", they told me....and I
believed them (now) stupidly!)
Now, it didn't keep me from being in Scouting, but it did help me to
understand why some kids won't join....they heard about "the stuff you had
to do to become a Boy Scout...why join??", so they joined other stuff that
didn't require you to spend the night out alone (now, fellow Arrowmen, can
you understand partly why a LOT of Scouts and lots of Scouters WON'T even
talk to you about the OA....with that kind of emotional baggage under their
hats, why on earth would they want to expose some kid of theirs or
themselves to "sleeping under the stars alone"??) while others were off
somewhere "laughing at you" for "looking for snipes".
I would have to say that the in the Councils where I worked and served,
"snipe hunting" and the like was not allowed...said so right in the program
booklet for the camporees and summer camps. Where they were allowed, as in
the case in a later chapter where I got sick and tired of Scouts coming
around asking for a "bale of landline" or other such silly things, my
Assistant and myself decided to "turn the tables" on those Scoutmasters.
They complained that "we were taking the fun out of their initiations" for
their new Scouts. I explained that "Scouting doesn't have any kind of
stuff like that and if you want to do it, don't send your Scouts over to us.
We're not playing."
I'm glad that the BSA made it a policy....now let's see how well local
Councils can enforce it!!
(I'll post the "snipe hunt" story to my website in three weeks, with a clear
disclaimer that youth should not read it because of the strong
language.....it's not one of my better parts of the book....)
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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