MRS HOPE D PRITCHARD (QDRB26A@PRODIGY.COM)
Tue, 16 Sep 1997 09:58:38 -0500
The Bobcat Rank is a Cub Scout Rank and the ceremony where the boy
receives the badge is a Cub Scout Ceremony. Regardless of the
physical attributes of the people "turning the boy upside down", if
National BSA says that this "SHOULD NOT BE DONE" - then this act
should not be done.
Should we just pick and choose which rules we wish to follow from the
Guide to Safe Scouting?
There are so many "rewarding" ceremonies that can be performed that
can have the same type of memorable effect that is achieved in the
"turning" ceremony. It takes a little more effort to be creative
and use other ceremonies - but it's worth it.
For several years, our Bobcats have received a "dab of blue paint"
(halloween face makeup) on one cheek with the explanation of the
color blue for Cub Scouts (loyalty), and a "dab of yellow paint" on
the other with the explanation of the color yellow for Cub Scouts
(cheerfulness). Once presented with their "colors", they were
welcomed and became a member of our pack. The boys looked forward to
their "face painting" ceremony. BTW - now's a good time to pick up
the face paint!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City