scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Scouting and Citizenship - at Question?
Daniel D. Hammond, Sr (hammonddL@USWEST.NET
Wed Nov 17 1999 - 21:53:18 CST
No Flames from my position!
"I almost hesitate to ask since I have been personally
attacked - flamed - and my family heritage questioned
after my last question . . . But I stick by my postition
that "you can not offend me, unless I choose to be
"I am troubled that there are those who are offended
by scouts learning skills that will help them to
survive - if they are one of the few that choose
to defend our country in the future.
So - finally to my question - what is citizenship?
As a US citizen, should we NOT "be preapred"
in every way - to defend our country? Should
young men (or women) today, not believe that they
have some obligation to serve our country?
I await the flames! I have on my asbestos
underwear and HAT to match!!
Don, you've hit it on the head. There is a substantial
erosion of belief that we have something here in this nation
worth fighting for.
I worked for several years as the Commander of an Army
Recruiting Company. I ran into a LOT of sentiment that ran
along the line of "Sure freedom is important. Sure someone
should fight for it. But not my kid."
Scouting has as it base, a duty to God and country. Aims,
methods, ideals, all start with duty to God and country.
I've been doing my duty to my country for 18 years now. I
wouldn't ask for a single minute of it back in return. I do
it from a sense of duty.
I share again a poem I received from a freind some years
"It is the Soldier"
It is the soldier, not the reporter,
who has given us the freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, who salutes the flag,
who serves beneath the flag, and
whose coffin is draped by the flag�
who allows the protester to burn the flag
I first learned about my duty to God and country in Scouts.
I gained the confidence to do what I do in Scouts. I
learned the leadership skills that have served me
unfailingly in Scouts.
While I have not had to make the ultimate sacrifice in
service to my country, I would if needed. Would I be
afraid? Of course. Would I "Do my Best?" Of course!
Would I "Be Prepared?" Of course!
To those that don't like what I do for a living, I say this,
"I might not agree with what you say, but I will defend,
with my life, your right to say it." To Scouter Don I say
this, I couldn't agree more.
Yours in ScOUTing,
Daniel D. Hammond, Sr.
CM Pack 225 and Black Hills District Committee
I used to be an Owl (W-CS-44) Working my Ticket
"A fisherman does not bait his hook with food he likes.
He uses food the fish likes. So with boys." --Lord Robert