Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: saluting
John and Bernadette Curry
Wed, 30 Sep 1998 13:31:15 -0400
<snip from a posting> The late, great, Lord B-P was an upperclass Englishman
to whom such signs of "respect" were second nature. Such things are not the
stuff of modern American life.. <end snip>
Men don't remove their hats indoors, no one holds doors open, most kids
don't know how to make introductions, don't stand when they are introduced
to an adult, don't know how to shake hands, don't look at someone when they
speak, call everyone by their first name....
What is wrong with having signs of respect second nature to today's youth? I
return to a thought in one of my earlier postings in reference to the change
in the Wolf and Bear books regarding saluting - <snip> who would have
thought that BSA would remove this simple gesture of respect should the
Scout choose to give it? <end snip> Do I want my Cubs saluting "anything
that moves"? No. But give them the option and the understanding of what a
salute is and why it might be rendered to a person.
I try to make a difference in my small part of the world. Maybe soon all the
small parts will come together into a larger part...and soon it will grow
into "the stuff of modern American life". I would have thought that it's
"preaching to the choir" but isn't respect one of the basics we as Scouters
are trying to instill in today's youth?
Besides, do we salute/respect the piece of cloth, or what it represents?
<quote old book> The Cub Scout salute means you respect our country's flag
or the leader you are saluting. <end quote>
<quote new book> The Cub Scout salute means you respect our country's
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