Scouts and Alcohol
Chris Reisel (CMR1954@AOL.COM)
Fri, 22 Aug 1997 15:50:15 -0400
This was posted on Scouts-L and I had to respond:
<On the other hand, I know that my kids will eventually try pot.....we've
<discussed it and I've told them they MUST do it at home, if they must
<experiment with it at all!!! I want to SEE it and be here to
<"supervise"...now, don't misread that! I don't happen to like it!!! I just
<don't want them around the corner with some "friends from the neighborhood",
<I'd rather they come to me! Same with drinking. I'd be a darned fool to
<believe that they will NEVER try it, I want to be informed and aware.
The idea that a scouter espouses a viewpoint that is so radical and she
does so while representing the scouting program really makes me want to cry.
She says she expects her children to try pot. Not only that, but she wants
them to bring it into her home so she can supervise. Personally, I am in
the scouting program for the traditional values. I believe wholeheartedly in
the three aims we teach our scouts. Teaching your children that it is okay
to bring illegal substances in your own home to use, or drinking under age is
not in keeping with these 3 aims.
1. Citizenship--starting with the Cub aged boys we teach them about home,
church and community. We teach them about being upstanding members of
communities. Being an upstanding member means living within the laws
set out by our legislators and if there is a law we don't like we work
the system to change that law. The law of the land is pot is illegal as is
under age drinking.
2. Character--we provide growth in teaching them to be strong in
Again, teaching a child to abuse a law and that it is okay just because
are doing it in front of a parent is eroding strong character traits.
3. Fitness--Not only physical, but mental and emotional. I believe on all
three of these points having your child smoke or drink in front of you is
counterproductive for teaching fitness.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City