scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Neanderthal
dave beaver (xl23795@SWBELL.NET
Tue Nov 02 1999 - 10:15:19 CST
I enjoyed Scott Patterson's post. He raises some very good points.
As for lack of bathing, Scott might fit right in among the Scouts and
leaders in my Scouts' Troop.
Why can women wear hats? Because they're women. I do not and I do not
expect my Scouts to exercise the conduct of women. I do expect them to
treat women as full equals while holding the door open for them. If
Scouts want to conduct themselves as women, they need to join another
Troop or another organization. Old fashioned? Maybe. Wrong? Not in
my eyes. Neanderthal? It depends upon your perspective.
As far as Scout Generals, a few of these individuals offend me the most,
retaining their "Smokey Bear" hats indoors everywhere, or, ordering a
Scout to pick up a piece of trash when it would be just as easy for them
to do it themselves. They also raise "Scout sign" to exercise authority
when it would be far easier and far better to lean over and ask the
nearest Scout, "Could you please get everybody's attention for me?"
Sorry, there are a lot of things, both in and out of Scouts, that I
teach my Scouts to "never respect." I do teach them how to command
respect by speaking in a normal voice, by treating others with dignity
and by watching the actions of others. This does include honoring the
"head covering" traditions of recognized faiths. I teach them that,
more than what they say, they will be judged by their actions.
Likewise, I teach them to judge others by others' actions.
A reverent man, a kind man and a courteous man is a humble man. For
this reason, I teach my Scouts that a man removes his hat indoors.
Someday, one of my Scouts will be a Scoutmaster. I know he will teach
reverence and humility and courtesy in his own way. It may not be my
way, but he will teach these things. That's all I can ask of any Scout.
My way may not be the best, but it is "my best." They'll do "their
Thanks again to Scott for his post.
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