Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Rookie Day at Band Camp Update
Rookie Day at Band Camp Update
Wed, 25 Aug 1999 14:48:33 -0400
Thanks for all the replies I received. Many supported my believes that
this was Hazing and Harassment. I received replies from previous band
members and directors. Some confirmed that this type of ritual does
occur, while others have not. I am glad to report that more have not,
than those who did. I had lawyers reply that this was illegal in their
state, as well as other school board members stating the same.
I talked to the band director. He confirmed what went on. He assured
me that non of the girls were unappriariately dressed. My daughter
confirmed this. Boys were made to wear dresses. They did take a hike
blind folded. Bull dog meat is a mixture of canned meats and fruits.
It did not contain dog meat or eggs. Still a pretty discussing mixture.
The band director cited tradition. He claimed that he made sure it did
not get out of hand. Sounds like our definitions differ.
Talked to the principle. He was aware of the activity, but not of all
the details. I felt like I did not get any wear with him, so a call to
She was a very nice person. She was not aware of any initiation
required by the freshman band members. She agreed that they were lucky
that nobody got hurt. She is going to have a discussion with the band
director and principle. We both agreed that there was nothing wrong
with doing an initiation, but lets make it positive. An initiation that
belittles a person, hazes them, and is demeaning weather it is legal or
not does not fit into today's society. I hope she can force this.
I felt a lot better after talking with her. She will give me an update
after school starts.
I have her promise and the principle's also (she is going to remind him
and the band director) that my daughter's name will be kept
confidential. A lot of your replies had this concern. Thanks for
bringing that to my attention.
Again this list comes through, THANKS.
Several replies stated that I have been spoiled by BSA policies. I am
glad we have them. This is one of the reasons I have stayed in scouting
for a very long time.