Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Awarding Bobcats - upside down
Awarding Bobcats - upside down
Fri, 26 Feb 1999 02:36:35 EST
As I was reading one of the posts on this subject my son (14 yrs. old - 5'9"
ASPL, Life Scout) came in the room and was looking over my shoulder as I made
a comment about something in the post. I said that there are a lot of people
who are against the idea of inverting the Cub to receive his Bobcat.
His response? "Why? I wish we had done that when I got my bobcat." Just
thought I would share a little youth perspective.
BTW we started the inverted Cub when I became CM. I was concerned about the
safety aspects and so did the following:
Distributed a flyer through the DL's to the parents of Bobcats a week or more
before the Pack meeting explaining that they had the OPTION of turning their
boys upside down. We had the parents do the turning while the other parent
did the pinning on of the badge. Where 2 parents were not available or felt
strong enough, another parent or occasionally a leader would pitch in at
either the holding job or doing the pinning.
By giving them the option, it reduces an notion of "hazing". They were all
made aware in advance and they were doing the holding. Never was aware of any
concern on the parts of the parents, the boys seemed to enjoy it, and it was
memorable. In 3 years probably processed 60+ Bobcats and may have had 1
family opt for not tuning over (I believe the Scout was extremely timid, as I
recall, and was usually not too active or boisterous).
Just another idea for the soup.
Season to Taste.