scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: The Outside article on Philmont/BSA
Brown Michael-EMB021 (Michael_Brown-EMB021@EMAIL.MOT.COM
Fri Oct 29 1999 - 13:17:14 CDT
I too read the article in Outside magazine on Philmont and the BSA. In
addition to being displeased with the account of the staffers after hours
activities, the author had a lot of misinformation about scoutings history
Baden-Power did not dress up scouts like junior officers and harangue them.
The uniform of Boy Scouts was based on comfortable outdoors clothing, not a
military uniform. On the uniform thread someone mentioned what B-P's uniform
for the Boy Scouts was. And B-P's way of teaching both scouts and military
people are as far away from 'haranguing' as anything I can think of.
B-P did not establish the BSA. That is thanks to William D. Boyce. Edgar
Robinson of the YMCA then took the ball and gathered the various leaders of
youth organizations to establish the BSA National organization.
What about Uncle Dan Beard? He established his own group, the Society of
the Sons of Daniel Boone.
I have heard many reasons given for Seton no longer being Chief Scout of the
BSA. Amoung them are him leaving/quiting over differences with West and the
direction of the BSA, and being fired because he was not a US citizen (he
was Canadian). The author's reason is a new one to add to the list.
Despite the fact that B-P was a former military officier, the purpose of Boy
Scouts has never been to create little soldiers. This is a mistaken idea
that too many, both inside and outside the movement, believe. B-P's own
words show its not so. He was attached by pacifists for being too warlike,
and by the militant for being too pacificts.
Michael R. Brown
Venturing Crew #1838