Re: bolo ties (& note on push-ups)
Tim Hewitt (thewitt@FAIRCHILDSEMI.COM)
Fri, 7 Aug 1998 09:02:32 +0000
Jon Dixon <dixonj@COLORADO.EDU> wrote:
> And as I was looking through the March-April 1998 issue of Scouting
> for ads about bolos, I noticed a short bit in the letters on hazing.
> At the very end of the "official" reply to the letter, it quotes the
> SM Handbook as saying "Corporal punishment and hazing are not
> permitted." It seems to me that push-ups, whether or not hazing, are
> certainly corporal punishment. So by that standard they are not
> allowed by the BSA.
I'm sorry, I disagree.
Caning is corporal punisment. Push-ups get young testosterone-driven boys' attention.
Using physical activity appropriately to discipline young men isn't hazing or
corporal punishment. Improperly using any form of discipline can be.
The only trick is to know when too much of anything is enough. For some boys,
making them sit out of an activity is much more punishing than making them do
100 push-ups. For others, just doing 2 push-ups in front of a group would be humiliating.
Discipline is not universal. What works for one youth will not necessarily
work for another.
Tim Hewitt, Scoutmaster
Troop 350, Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City