Paul S. Wolf (Paul.S.Wolf@ALUM.WPI.EDU)
Mon, 27 Jul 1998 12:59:08 -0400
Mark Riffey wrote:
> Yes, its clear, but only if you were privy to this letter.
I agree that they should publicize their efforts to eliminate this
practice more. Perhaps they should print it in Scouting Magazine.
> The point Im getting to is: unless the 'dont do this' about this
> ceremony is in the Cub Scout Leader Book and/or discussed in training
> and/or a letter is mailed to all new CS leaders upon registration,
> new-ish leaders are going to know nothing of it.
But it is like "Have you stopped beating your wife?". Why discuss
something that has never been recommended by BSA?
> I have to ask (the list, as well as Paul)....what does *your* pack do
> when giving out wolf, bear, webelos and bobcat awards? We vary our
> ceremonies, but the face painting portion is always incorporated
We use one of the ceremonies in the book.
> The ceremonies we use when painting the boys when receiving their
> wolf, bear, etc are *very* serious and very much reflect the things we
> ask a cub scout to do and the ways we expect a Scout to act. While the
> boys are being painted, a speaker is reflects on the meaning of the
> particular mark being painted. The ceremony is symbolic, referring to
> the achievement being awarded, the boy's growth along the CS trail,
> the boy's relationship to his religion, the Cub Scout promise, the Law
> of the Pack, CS-ing's connection with nature, etc (I dont have them
> memorized or Id quote chapter and verse). The painting ceremony is
> something we found in a PowWow book or on the net, I dont recall
It may be very meaningful. I would like to see a copy if you can get
one to me.
> Most importantly, the painting ceremony is something ALL the boys talk
> about and look forward to all year long as they work toward their
> They love it and are dead silent (without need for a scout sign) when
> it is being performed.
Some kids like the Bobcat turning too, but that doesn't necessarily make
it acceptable. I'll reserve judgement until I see it. I may have been
wrong to list it as hazing.
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
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