Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: help with laser tag
Re: help with laser tag
Kirk and Nena Barley
Wed, 15 Dec 1999 18:49:21 -0500
I'm not embarrassed that I let my boys play laser tag at a laser tag
facility. They had fun last week. If BSA say no in the future, I'll
But, if BSA outlaws laser tag and military-oriented wide games, it will
drive more of the fun out of Scouting than they realize. We are taking
the Indian out of OA, can not climb any of our pioneering towers, could
not fly for a decade or more, what is next? No backpacking because
overweight boys might mis-align their spines?
I have to compete with my Church's MYF now, and they do not have these
rules. The Young Marines is blossoming near every base I've lived
near. They are certainly not restricted in what they do. Scouting
gives a great deal more than these programs and sports, but this type of
choice and all of the rules that do not apply to the population in
general is making it hard to market the program.
The kids want fun, their favorite activity is man-hunt or
capture-the-flag. These activities are what keep them coming event
after event. Many of our older Scouts and boys stalled or bored with a
stale program will stay in the Troop just to play these games on camp
outs. They love doing these "military type" activities in the dark.
There is a chance of injury from these events, but they are what keep
the boys coming back.
Is Scouting so risk and media adverse that it is becoming irrelevant to
the average boy and his parents?
Virginia Beach UMC
Virginia Beach, VA