Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Personal Fitness: A fat person can not be a Scout
Re: Personal Fitness: A fat person can not be a Scout
Sat, 10 Oct 1998 10:25:36 -0500
>Does that mean I am no longer a Scout. Because I have allowed one of the
>three main points of the Scout law to slide. If I were convicted of a
>felony, or sexually assaulted someone, you would say I am no longer "of
>Scouting." I now believe that by being fat, I am no longer "of Scouting"
>If you think I jest about this point, I am dead serious. I have failed to
>live up to the Scout Oath.
Ive been thinking the same thing lately, Jim. Especially after having a
local Life Scout whom I greatly respect tell me he and his friends in the
troop are tired of hearing 'ethics in action, dont smoke etc' from their
SM, only to see/hear him cuss and smoke with his staff at campouts when
they are supposedly out of sight of the boys.
I too am a tad over the barrel (or part of it<g>) in the physically strong
department. I look at it this way....If I cant teach/do all (or at least
most of) the things a SM is supposed to convey on his troop and I am not
living all 3 parts of the Oath, what kind of leader am I?
Anecdotal evidence in my experience in Scouting is that its not at all
difficult to find a 4x or 5x uniform or event tshirt. I see them at every
District level event I attend. For the record, 1 of my shirts is an X, the
other a 3X (they were out of 2's). I will never wear the 3x again. The X is
a little tight, but Im working on it. Im tempted to talk to my DE about it.
So, off we go, Scout-L goes on a diet/exercise program I guess<g>