BSA as Paramilitary
Michael A. Golrick (mgolrick@SCLC.ORG)
Mon, 22 Sep 1997 10:39:58 -0400
Rodrigo Sandoval Velazquez wrote:
>Let's remember that the scout movement begun as a paramilitary movement,
>as the society keep changing so we will change, discipline is important,
>to have honor, and good values are the basis to go ahead in life.
>There are some things that come to my mind right now, you must learn to
>obbey so later you can give orders, you need to learn how to be in a
>team and work as a team am I right??
>Scout movement teached me this and a lot more
Hi Roberto -
I am not as sure of Boy Scouting in Englans as in the US. At the Wood Badge
course I am in (NE II -90), I was the patrol leader of the program patrol
(Buffalos -- Herd of us?) for the campfire on Friday night. At that
campfire, I told a story about Ernest Thompson Seton. Seton is th person
for whom the camp was nemaed, and was the first "Chief Scout" for BSA, and
wrote the first handbook.
One part of the story was about Seton's leaving scouts in 1915 because he
felt that scouting was getting "too military." Remember this was in the
days leading up to World War I.
So while we must learn discipline, and there may be some military
"overtones" to some aspects of scouting, I do not believe that our roots
are in a "paramilitary movement" as you state.
Yours in Scouting (world wide!)
Michael A. Golrick firstname.lastname@example.org
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