James A. Sheckels (sheckej@EARTHLINK.NET)
Mon, 22 Sep 1997 21:39:20 -0400
> From: Rodrigo Sandoval <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Date: Wednesday, September 17, 1997 7:31 AM
-big ol' snip-
> Let's remember that the scout movement begun as a paramilitary
While I agree in principle with the rest of Rodrigo's message, I must
disagree with the above statement. Scouting began as an alternative
to what could have become a paramilitary movement.
Para is from the Greek para which means alongside, by the side of
(according to Webster).
Paramilitary is defined as alongside or designated as working along
with a regular military organization, often as a semi-official or
This, I believe, is exactly what the founder was attempting to avoid.
Specifically, he wanted to give to BOYS a thing to do so they would
not employ military tactics. He developed a program which used some
military skills, coupled with a unique leadership and educational
experience to develop citizens of good character. While this is a
simplified explanation of our beginning, it gets to the gist of the
Military roots? Certainly!
Paramilitary? Definitely not!
YIS, Jim Sheckels - I used to be a Bobwhite SE 308-7; 1SG,US
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