Re: Inappropriate (long)
Ellery S Meyers (esmeyers@JUNO.COM)
Thu, 2 Jul 1998 17:33:30 -0400
This is my first post because it's the first time I felt that their was a
lot of ridiculous posts missing the mark.
I have been involved with scouts for the past six years, but only
subscribed to the list for the past couple months.
What is inappropriate and to whom?
As someone pointed out many lurid, perverted, or just plain dumb songs
are not offensive to some boys; but would be offensive to many adults
including myself. It is true that the troop is supposed to be boy-led;
BUT the SM is supposed to be more than a chauffeur to the boys. It is the
SMs job to guide the boys and establish safety limits. I think that the
SM should guide the boys away from anything that is offensive to any boys
or adults present. Questionable songs or practices should be omitted - a
Scout is courteous and kind. Doing something that doesn't bother you but
does bother others is disobeying the Scout Law as I have understood it.
Thirty years ago I attended a summer camp that had barracks style cabins
that slept ten boys. One boy was telling dirty jokes that I felt offended
by but was too timid to say anything about. The SM overheard one and
stopped it on the spot. Was he being a prude or upholding the Scout Law?
Two weeks ago I attended a summer camp as a leader and one troop put on a
skit of some sleazy talk show where a guest was a "girlfriend" of two
male guests. Then he pulled out the two balloons under his t-shirt to
show that the male guests had been dating a male. I was offended by the
skit even though many laughed at it. Homosexuality is not a funny matter.
I think that their are several things that the SM should step in and say
no to and inappropriate songs and skits are just two of them.
Perhaps the boys aren't offended by them because they haven't been
properly trained and possibly they are too timid to state that they are
offended. In either case the SM or other adult leaders are duty bound to
train and protect them.
Steve Meyers - ORNL Engineer and Troop 133 ASM
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