One experience with "Hazing"
Thomas Heavey, Sr. (heavey@NWRAIN.COM)
Fri, 16 May 1997 23:10:17 -0700
For some reason, at a very early age I developed an aversion to any
organization which conducted "initiations" or "hazing." I think it might
have been partially due to seeing a movie in the 50's about the death a
freshman pledge during some college's hell-week (Anyone else remember that
movie?). That and the word from my parents that I didn't have to take any
crap from anyone if I didn't wan't to.
So as I was going through Cub Scouts wer would hear rumors about what it was
like up in the Boy Scout Troop. Initiations, tying boys to flag pole with
their underwear flapping high above them, other "rituals" were in store for
us. From what I heard, the two major activities in scouting were harassing
newbies and lighting farts.
While the latter sounded interesting, the former held no interest for me,
either as a newbie, or as a prospective older scout who could one day
"return" the favors.
Two months before completing Webelos (in the days of Wolf, Bear & Lion) I
stopped going and never made an effort to join the Boy Scouts.
This attitude of mine carried on for many years, I turned down the high
school social fraternity which my brother had pledged, I specifically chose
a college from among those which had no Greek system, I even led a rebellion
and boycott of Freshman initiation in my dorm (This was the 60's).
Hazing and initiation may not cause most boys to leave scouting, though it
will some. For this boy, hazing and initiations caused me not to join at all.
Fortunately, as an adult my son and I found a troop which sees no need for
such falderal. The Scouting program is just the right kind of "initiation"
for a boy to adult life.
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