Re: BOBCAT BADGES-HAZING?
Mary Lee Foley (mlfoley@EARTHLINK.NET)
Tue, 3 Jun 1997 15:25:23 -0400
AL DEBENEDETTO wrote:
> My Pack _does_ turn the Cub Scouts upsidedown and the CM pins on their Bobcat
> Badge. The Scout is turned upsidedown and held by one of their parents.
Al, I can't answer the insurance questions, but I can tell you how we
handle the ceremony:
We used to have fun turning the boys upside down and I never heard a
complaint. The Cubmaster used to begin with a speech about the
tradition and everyone, boys included, thought it was great fun.
When I first heard that there could be problems, the Pack Committee
discussed the ceremony and decided to pin the badges upside down while
the boys stood at attention. We neglected to discuss it with the
parents, so that year we had about 8 kids with older brothers who had
expected to be turned and were very disappointed. Parents were just as
disappointed as the boys.
Now, we tell parents ahead of time and ask for permission. If they think
the boy can't handle it, we will simply pin the Bobcat on upside down as
the boy stands there. That gets us around the question of hazing. (NOT
ONE has ever refused permission in 5 years!)
Mary Lee Foley
Anthony Wayne District
Toledo Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City