scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Hunting
R Fisher (ghotier@TEXAS.NET
Sat Nov 27 1999 - 22:27:18 CST
dave beaver wrote:
> It is my understanding that members of Venturing may hunt as a
> "permitted activity." I received this understanding through my local
> Professionals and through other members of this list that I have
> corresponded with recently.
> Assuming appropriate attention to the details of safety and training, is
> hunting a permissible activity for these members?
> If the answer is "yes", are the ethics, values and basic morals
> underpinning Venturing different from those in Boy Scouts? If so, how?
Yes, Dave and others, hunting is a permitted activity for Venturing
CREWS as stated in the Guide to Safe Scouting beginning on page 25. I
don't believe that the ethics, morals or values of Venturing are the
least bit different that those in Boy Scouts. The issue I think is
probably more of a maturity factor and the personal acceptance of
responsiblity for the taking of another creature's life. I don't want
to open the issue of is hunting right or wrong; but the fact is that
hunters kill things. This might not have the same meaning to an 11 or
12 year old that it does for a 14 or 16 year old.
A Venturing Crew that I am involved in just recently went on a hunting
activity, which turned out quite successfully. All of the GTSS issues
were covered. Several of the members did not carry weapons, only
cameras, and got some great wildlife photos. Several members did carry
weapons and were successful in their efforts as well. Neither group
criticised the other and both groups respected the others' decisions.
I will also state that no one on the crew is vegetarian or vegan or one
that would be offended by the killing of another animal. If this had
been the case, we would have respectfully declined the invitation and
planned another activity.
I hope this helps.