Re: Re: hazing
Carl Westfall (carl.westfall@CBN.ORG)
Thu, 18 Sep 1997 09:11:57 EST
It is foolish to even consider using the practice of turning boys upside down to
receive their Bobcat. Forget about the fact that it is frowned on by the
majority of most leaders AND parents. Forget about it not being exactly the
safest thing you could do to a kid. Forget about all the press BSA is already
getting about abusing children. Our best reason for not doing it is --- it
doesn't make sense or serve any purpose. The Bobcat is the boy's (and his
family's) first experience with Scouting. We try to make the presentation
something special and encourage him to keep working for many more achievements.
How many boys have ever decided they didn't want to stay in Scouting because of
how we presented our awards? ZERO!! But I know of many boys that have been
scared away from other units because of their foolish tactics. If you are going
to something that discourages involvement, then you are making the biggest
mistake that you can.
Just my 2 cents worth
Pack 53 COR - Troop 48 ASM - E.R. Dist. Memb. Chair.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City