Killing Chickens (was Troop Planning Conference)
Ronald W. Fox (ronfox@MINDSPRING.COM)
Tue, 18 Aug 1998 22:39:08 -0500
When I was a Scout in Old Colony Council, I was a counselor in training in
1967. The Council Camp (Camp Child, Buzzards Bay, Mass.) ran on a 2-week
schedule. Parents were invited up on "middle Sunday" to see what their boys
had been up to and to partake in a chicken barbecue.
One Sunday, the CITs were told at breakfast to report behind the dining
hall, in bathing suits, immediately after lunch. We arrived to find 1) a
pole lashed between two trees, 2) 2 of the stricter senior staff members
(senior = age>18), 3) a foot long knife, and 4) a crate of live chickens.
One of the staff members grabbed one of the chickens, tied it to the pole,
cut its head off, plucked it, and gutted it. He then handed the knife to
the nearest Scout and told him to select a chicken and prepare it for
Guess what? Everybody did. Nobody died. Nobody called for mama. Then we
all went for a swim. No lawsuits. None of the boys wanted to (literally!)
"chicken out" in front of the rest of their peers. We each only did one
chicken (a few Scouts did 2). Some of us came up with eggs! The rest of
the chickens needed for the barbecue were obtained in a more usual fashion.
I told this story to my wife recently and she was scandalized. Frankly,
that's how I figure most of my Chicago suburban mothers would react. They'd
think it was child abuse. I'd love to do this, but I don't think I'd get
away with it.
Scoutmaster, Troop 69, Des Plaines Valley Council (W&SW Chicago Suburbs)
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