Snipe Hunt story.
Dan OCanna (ocanna@ALPHA.CAER.UKY.EDU)
Fri, 16 May 1997 12:27:02 -0400
James E Lade writes on the matter of Snipe Hunts:
>I was the subject of something like this and didn't find it damaging.
Nor did I, BUT...
A few years ago a fellow who worked on a temporary project in my office--
an Eagle Scout, Vigil OA member, outdoorsman and all around good guy-- told
me this story:
As a Scout he took one of the new boys in his toop on a snipe hunt up at
our Council's camp, McKee. He took the young fellow on the far side of the
lake, set him up and left him for a couple of hours. When he decided it
was time to go get the the victim he thought he could hear a boy crying
down by the waterfront. It turned out that the young boy had gotten
scared, could not find his way in the dark but could see and recognize
the lights of the trading post on the camp side of the lake. He apparently
swam across the lake (a quarter mile or more) crying the whole time.
At the time my friend was very contrite (and more than a little bit afraid
of getting into the serious trouble he deserved) and made a point of being
a good friend to the young Scout from then on. As an adult he now realizes
how dangerous the prank turned out to be.
In this case things turned out OK, but the incident could just as easily
been a statistic instead of an anecdote. I think there are several night
games that could substitute for snipe hunts that can be administered
safely and be just as much fun for ALL the participants. Some have been
posted to the list before. Perhaps some of the list memebers would like
to share some snipe hunt alternatives that have worked for their troops???
Yours in the spirit of Scouting,
Dan O'Canna Lexington, Kentucky
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City