Re: Killing Chickens
Joseph Alessi (JosephAlessi@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Thu, 20 Aug 1998 10:37:42 -0400
Ron Fox wrote:
>> We arrived to find 1) a pole lashed between two trees, 2) 2
of the stricter senior staff members (senior =3D 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 barbecuing.
They'd think it was child abuse. I'd love to do this, but I
don't think I'd get away with it. <<
and Joe Marsh wrote:
>> I personally was very suprised that our traditional Bike Ride/
Chicken Kill campout made it all the way thru to the finally calander <<
Scouting is a game with a purpose. Which of Scouting's values
would be taught by having the scouts slaughter chickens?
Once the troop got good at this, would you move them up to
hogs? What about killing a cow?
Obviously, most of us eat animals for food. Meat cutters and
those who work in slaughterhouses have nothing to be ashamed of.
However, this doesn't mean that we should teach these skills to
our scouts, even if they might potentially be useful some day.
While I wouldn't call this "abuse", I don't think that it has
a place in the scouting program, just as ballet or accounting or
"honeydipping" or logging don't belong as part of the general
program, where you expect every scout in your unit to
participate. Note that some of these things are a part of the
merit badge program - in particular, the "poultry option" of
the animal science merit badge as an option to raise 20 chicks,
then kill and dress two birds. If a particular scout is
interested in one of these things and wants to persue it on
his own, no problem!
Joe, why do you think that the scouts ranked this activity
so highly? Would it rank just as high without the "live chicken"
part? Would they be just as happy if you killed all of the
chickens, and they were only required to dress them? If not,
why not? What's the draw to the scouts of killing chickens?
Do they think its "kewl" to be able to kill something? What
kind of a message is that sending? =
Joseph A. Alessi in Ozwin 2.21
Vice Chair - Program, Lafayette District
ASM Troop 313
Adviser to the Treasurer, Unami Lodge
I used to be an Owl
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