Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Sodas on campouts
Re: Sodas on campouts
Fri, 30 Oct 1998 06:39:00 -0500
<<o Aduts followed the same rules as the boys (except for our coffee
injection each morning!)>>
I am fully prepared to be flamed a bit for what I will write here. And that's
OK. If something that I write is technically incorrect, I hope that some
listmenber will correct it.
I understand that caffine is addictive. That means that when an individual
has been using it for a substantial period of time and then is forced to stop
"cold turkey", there will be withdrawal symptoms and physical unpleasantness.
I believe this is true for both youth and adults.
It is utterly ludicrous for boys to backpack sodas on campouts. Carrying in
flavored water in bottled or canned form doesn't make much sense. But there
is this matter of withdrawal symptoms.
Should we, as adults, say "You can't have sodas. And we adults will follow
the same rules you do, except, of course, for our morning coffee so that our
caffine addiction is slaked." And implied is that either youth don't get
withdrawal symptoms or if they do, they don't matter.
I don't have a good answer. I know that if adults are denied coffee, they
will go ballistic and some will quit or just not follow the rules (just like
smoking.) And backpacking in sodas is stupid. One could ask why backpacking
in liquid milk is less stupid, though.
Withdrawal symptoms for caffine are not that severe. I believe they involve
headaches and tiredness, plus a craving for caffine. But playing "Do as I
say, not as I do" is noted by Scouts and considered quite hypocritical. It is
particularly true when the adult is slaking an addiction and the youth is not
I also have a bit of a problem with Kool Aid being permitted under these
principles. It contains high quantities of sucrose which is not particularly
good for one either.
Does anyone have a good, equitable answer , other than I can do it and you