Re: hazing problems
Ron Raab-Long (raablong@VOICENET.COM)
Thu, 11 Sep 1997 16:10:46 -0400
To quote directly from Scoutmastership Fundamentals:
"Scouting is a special place. The rules are the ones we know well:
the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. We create a safe haven in Scouting, a
place where everyone should feel physically and emotionally secure. We do
this in several ways:
* We set the example for ourselves and others by always behaving as Scouts
should. We live the Scout Oath and Law each moment of each day, to the best of
* We refuse to tolerate any kind of inappropriate put-down, name calling, or
* We communicate our acceptance of each participant and each other through
expressions of concern for them, and by showing appreciation whenever possible.
* We create an environment based on learning and fun. We seek the best from
each participant, and we do our best to help him achieve it.
Of the leadership competetencies learned in Wood Badge, I always
felt "Setting the Example" was the most important. Setting the example is
what will eliminate hazing. The entire troop leadership must adhere to a
no-tolerance toward hazing rule. Eventually, the boys will get the message
- especially if you're forced to remove a few of the biggest problems.
Just remember, sometimes the problem is with the leaders. We once had an SA
who picked on an overwieght Scout until the boy burst into tears during a
Two Bays District, Dover, Delaware DelMarVa Council
District Recognition Dinner Chairman Used to be a Bobwhite, NE-VI-35
Boy Scout Training Coordinator Problem Captain, Delaware OM
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