Re: Killing Chickens
Ronald W. Fox (ronfox@MINDSPRING.COM)
Sun, 23 Aug 1998 19:45:02 -0500
I agree that we're not trying to make SEALs out of these kids. On the other
hand, we are trying to teach them survival skills that the average kid won't
be exposed to. Cleaning fish isn't SEAL-level training. Is cleaning a
chicken? I don't think so. Plenty of kids go hunting at the age of 12, and
plenty more go at the age of 14 (the age level I was talking about). I'm
going to presume that at least some of these kids clean what they kill.
I also agree that there's no Chicken Slaughtering MB. So what? Is there a
rank or merit badge requirement for every skill and experience we teach the
Scouts? Maybe we teach out Scouts some things just because they're
interested in them, or because we as Scouters personally think it's good for
It's my personal opinion that slaughtering a chicken is educational. First,
you get a much better idea of how animals are put together than you would by
dissecting a frog in biology (it's bigger and easier to see). Second, it
gets driven home that chickens are not born skinless, cut up into pieces,
and wrapped in polyethylene. A reality check, if you will.
There's definitely a line to be drawn regarding what we teach Scouts and
what we don't. I don't feel that cleaning a chicken is past that line.
Other people might. As others on this list say, your mileage may vary.
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