Branding Bobcats Followup
Bob Knudson (rknudson@DU.EDU)
Thu, 25 Sep 1997 21:50:00 +0000
Thanks for your responses to my message on using a branding iron as part
of a bobcat ceremony. The input was about 50/50, with half saying it was
near child-abuse, and the other half saying that it was promoted at
council and philmont as a neat idea.
After much consideration, and discussion with my bewildered COR (an
attorney) and CC (i.e. they were thinking "what the heck got into him?"),
I changed my mind on the ceremony (decided that it was clearly not
hazing) and made the following changes:
1) I stated that once cub scouting got into a boy, its really hard to get
scouting out of the boy. I then offered the boy and his parents the
opportunity to be branded as a symbol of that concept. (This is a big
change from the initiation approach.)
2) We branded the bobcats on their right pocket (not the buttocks).
3) I then asked the other bobcats that I missed branding this summer when
they received their bobcat awards if they wanted to come up and be
branded. Several ran up for the opportunity.
So, therefore, we turned the ceremony into a positive, voluntary event
for the scouts. it is no longer a surprise, but something that they can
elect to do. And most, if not all, boys seem excited about getting some
corn starch on their shirt.
Anyway, my somewhat creative basis for the ceremony (number 1 above) is a
little weak. I'd appreciate receiving the gist or text of branding
ceremonies that other councils or philmont conferences are promoting.
YIS, Bob Knudson
Proud Father of a Tiger Cub Proud Father of a Tenderfoot
Cubmaster, Pack 528 Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 476
Arvada, Colorado USA Westminster, Colorado USA
CS Roundtable Staff, Gateway District, Denver Area Council, BSA
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