Re: Scouts and Guns)
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Mon, 26 May 1997 14:34:19 -0500
George Paccerelli asked:
>In the 1944-45 time frame(I was rather young for my age), Everytime we
>went weekend hiking & camping, an older Scout carried a .22 to shoot
>rabbets for the meaty part of our meals. As I recall, we always had
>rabbet. Our troop was out of Rolando Village, just southeast of La Mesa,
>California. Were we in violation of every law known to man & the
>Japanese, or was this a common practice in rural troops during WWII?
No. You were not. If you recalled, back in those days, there was little
"urban crawl" into the wooded areas, and not many families actually lived in
"the woods". The weapons laws were not as strict as today's firearms
regulations, and the woodland animals were, let's just say, more plentiful
then than now.
Older Scouts were given and accepted a lot more responsibility for what
happened during campouts than today; and many of those Scouts also could
lead the campout on their own given the opportunity and desire to do so.
Many of the BSA's rules and procedures have come about within the last 20
years, although a lot of them have been written down as far back as 1950
without very little enforcement by local Councils. Also, due to the fact
that there were close to 550 local Councils back then (the explosion of
local Councils started in the middle 50s) and not the 238 or so that we have
now, the professional and volunteer staffs knew the youth and adults of each
of their units and had enough faith in them to know that they would not do
anything stupid on purpose to "ruin the game of Scouting" for those playing it.
Times, they do change....and most of it for the better.
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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