Charlie Morrison (Morrisonch@AOL.COM)
Tue, 18 Nov 1997 06:42:09 -0500
The concept of "Scouting as a Safe Haven" is relatively new in time, but it
is so important. Boys must not be victims in Scouting as they may be in the
other areas of their lives (home, school, the neighborhood).
Although emphasizing the ideals of Scouing (SO, SL, SS, SM) covers the bases,
relating them to the Safe Haven rule verbally whenever boys are violent or
unkind to one another continually emphasizes the "difference" which sould
exist between our Brotherhood of Scouting and the rest of the culture in
which we live.
Len's suicide is the extreem outcome of an unhappy, victimized life, but what
of all the Len's who don't commit suicide, but quit Scouting because it's not
fun to be intimidated and made fun of. Think of the learning they miss out
on. Think of the fun they never experience. Think of the encouragement to
succeed that is thwarted by the cruelty of others. To succeed with those who
are victims outside of Scouting, we need to insure that Scouting is always a "
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