Mark Riffey (mr@GRANITEBEAR.COM)
Wed, 22 Jul 1998 09:28:45 -0500
At 09:06 PM 7/21/1998 -0700, you wrote:
>Is being made to sing a song in front of a group in order to
>recover a lost object considered hazing?
Id say it depends on the boy. Some couldnt take it, some could. I have some
Cubs who would belt out show tunes (ok, maybe thats a stretch<g>) on one
knee if asked. Others would take off for mom's skirt if that sort of
attention was brought toward them.
I dont do it at the cub level. The jury is out when the guys get to the
troop. Once there, what the SM says is policy, unless there is a BSA policy
on it (sorry, I dont even own a SM guide...yet).
That said, if its done in a fun way and isnt violating BSA policy, its
probably ok. If the kid has (oh geez, its that word again) 'esteem'
problems or isnt fitting in well with the troop/den, then I wouldnt dare.
Its not done to teach a lesson (ok, perhaps subliminally) or to embarrass
(never hurt with words, actions or your body, remember?), its done for fun.
Fun at the expense of someone who thinks its funny is one thing. Fun at the
expense of a kid trying his hardest to get along/keep up with his denmates
isnt fun. I imagine each of us knows who can and cant handle it, but
selectively doing the song will likely cause more harm than good. Thats
assuming the selectivity is noticed, of course. Gee, arent you glad you
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