Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Youth Coffee Policy
Re: Youth Coffee Policy
Fri, 30 Oct 1998 21:09:41 +0000
In all of the units I've been associated with, I have left the
matter of coffee or no coffee (the same with tea and cola products)
to the Scout/Explorers involved and their parents.
Some parents don't really care, as my mother did not care that I
started to drink coffee at the early age of 11. Others do care and
choose not to have their children consume caffiene in ANY form.
As the adult "supervisor" of my youth, it is my responsibility to
insure that those youth aren't breaking their parents' rules just
because "they're out with the Scouts". Caffiene in it's various
forms can be addictive and can contribute to a wide range of health
problems (which is why after my past visit to the hospital, I've
cut back on the amount of coffee that I consume on a daily basis
(from two pots of 12 cups to one pot of 12 cups per day).
If a youth member tells me that "he can drink coffee", I would
defer him drinking it until I've had a face-to-face with his
parents. If his parents show that they don't care or allow their
son/daughter to drink coffee/tea, then it's fine with me.
As far as cola drinks are concerned, there's nothing I nor most
other adults (other than the parents of the youth) can do about
that. Most kids that aren't allowed to drink colas choose to drink
something else (non-caffienated drinks, Koolaids, and the like)
(c) 1998 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") email@example.com
http://mninter.net/~blkeagle Burnsville, MN 55306-7130 (612) 435-3085
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