Donald Scruggs (DScruggs@CRIS.COM)
Sun, 2 Aug 1998 14:33:51 -0400
Tom Lynch wrote:
Bob Morehead wrote:
> > The final point? Lighten up, people! Kids aren't that fragile, it's
> > all in good fun and this IS supposed to be a game!
> > YIS,
> > Bob Morehead
> Well said Bob. Another point to bring out, is that some where in a
> young boy's life he has to learn to deal with this part of life. If he is
> protected from it his entire through his entire youth, then he won't be able
> to handle it when mom and dad aren't around.
(IMHO) Tom Lynch
> ASM Troop 135
> Tehachapi, CA
Above we find two opinions which express at least partial support
for the idea that hazing is a positive force in building character. I
find it neccesary to disagree. I WILL agree that children are not as
fragile as some would have us believe. THAT is not the point. When we
"set the example" that it is OK to entertain ourselves at the expense
of others we severly damage the character of those we allow to conduct
the hazing. The primary psychology in hazing is "we had to go through it
so now we are going to enjoy dishing it out!" The scout that condones or
participates in hazing of any kind has not developed his character in a
manner that I would consider acceptable.
To those who still believe that hazing is acceptable I would
remind you that scouting is a safe haven and urge to find another outlet
for you desires.
Those recent posts which include the SPL and SM in singing with
the scout who lost something show at least an understanding of the team
concept involved. This is a step in the right direction.
I recently attended summer camp next to a troop that used push-ups
and demerits to discipline their troop. I saw one of their scouts do
push-ups due to foul language. I also heard their adult leaders using
language in front of the boys all week. The result of the demerits and
push-ups? These well disciplined scouts, smoke-bombed the service
threw canoes in the lake, dropped one of our tents, set off a car alarm
bragged about most of this in their closing campfire skit.
IMHO Hazing HAS NO PLACE in civilized society PERIOD.
I believe we all believe in the same goal. We just follow different
Yours In Scouting,
ScoutMaster Troop 214
National Capital Area Council
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