Sage Backstrom (SageofAges@AOL.COM)
Sat, 13 Sep 1997 23:10:51 -0400
In a message dated 9/14/1997 8:31:27 AM, phbrown@CapAccess.org wrote:
>If a child's father can't turn him upside down without someone screaming
>"hazing," or "child abuse," heaven help those who teach swimming. Or
>take Venture Scouts on a COPE course. Or whitewater rafting/canoeing.
>Ever teach a child to ride a bicycle? Roller skate?
>Physical danger? You betcha! Embarassing? Of course!
>Paul H. Brown, KD4UPD
>I used to be an Antelope, WB 82-66
>Scout Roundtable Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioner, Pack CC
>George Washington District, National Capital Area Council, BSA
and the case of the son of a single mom? or the dad who is not of physical
stature to hold his son aloft? How do they fit into the "not hazing"
Learning to ride a bike or roller blade are NOT the same as being inverted to
receive a "recognition". Learning a skill takes personally determined
risk...being inverted by individuals to have a patch pinned upon you is NOT a
risked associated with a skill.
Please what will you say when a child is dropped? What will this teach in
years to come? Is the slamming of wings into military members barechest the
same as learning to ride a bike or roller blade? Is being encouraged to
consume alcohol in excessive quantities as a "provisional" member of a greek
letter organization an acceptable risk?
The activities that are embarrassing, demeaning, unnecessarily risky that are
treated now as acceptable will only be built upon by these young people in
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City