Re: Chicken Killing
Jim Peterson (jpeterson@TZNET.COM)
Tue, 1 Sep 1998 17:31:11 -0500
At 09:13 AM 8/26/98 -0400, Paul Wolf wrote:
>As a clarification, that is a direct quote from the ANIMAL SCIENCE MB, a
>Merit Badge designed primarily for Scouts living on a farm or planning a
>career as a farmer.
>This is the only option in the MB that does require the Scout to kill
>the animal, and perhaps it should be (or will be) changed. However, in
>context it does have some relevance.
>The original message on this topic was about a Troop Barbeque, where the
>Scouts were told to grab a chicken, kill and dress it, and prepare it
>for their meal. That was NOT appropriate unless all the Scouts were
>working on that option of that MB.
Now does that mean that Lifesaving Merit badge is only for Scouts planning a
career as a life guard? Or that Salesmanship Merit Badge should only be
pursued by Scouts planning careers in sales? I don't think so. I think that
Animal Science MB is an excellent way for _even you city folks_ to learn
about what actually goes into raising the food that you buy in the grocery
store. You may feel that the event that started this thread was
inappropriate for a Scouting event, but I don't agree. I think that it was a
great opportunity for those Scouts to learn about how those frozen chicken
parts get from the farm to thier dinner plates. I don't think that it should
be mandatory, as in "you don't kill a chicken, you don't eat", but it was my
understanding that Scouts who chose not to participate were not required to.
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 379, Blenker, Wisconsin
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