Re: Scouting for Life, Continued
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Tue, 11 Nov 1997 20:00:14 -0600
> We seem to agree that a program of training to help those leaders most likely
> to be affected by suicide seems important to add to National's training
> programs. Now let me sound foolish: Where do you add it?
Several years ago, the BSA started a campaign on 5 unacceptables in
society, I believe they were; unemployment, hunger, illiteracy, drug abuse,
and child abuse.
I believe they should add a 6th unacceptable, suicide.
They can address the issue at various levels just as they have with other
programs, youth education, adult leadership training, and a public campaign.
They can significantly raise the awareness of the problem at all levels.
As an organization, we can bring this problem into the light of day where
it can be addressed. We have the resources and reach as the largest youth
organization in the nation. If we can't address this and change things
for the better, who can.
Like child abuse, if it's allowed to be something lurking in a dark corner
no one talks about, it will continue to quietly consume bright young
lives. That's clearly something unacceptable in our society.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33; DeKalb, Illinois
Three Fires Council BSA
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