scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: War Kites?
Wed Apr 05 2000 - 08:06:33 CDT
In an earlier posting it was suggested that kite flying would be an
appropriate way to celebrate BSA's 90th anniversary. It was even stated
that Dan Beard designed many kite plans. That's interesting, though
Hey, I've enjoyed kite flying myself. And, there have been many times
I've recommended to others that they "Go fly a kite.". Of course I
would recommend caution around powerlines (several years ago there was a
story of a parent/Scouter who was electrocuted); or in thunderstorms
Nevertheless, while I believe that the comment:
> If the idea of kites is too "cute" for your older Scouts, be sure to check
> out the War Kites. War Kites come in two categories, "Armed", and
> "Unarmed". The Armed War Kites have knives and cutters for destroying the
> kites of your opponent!
...does not violate the letter of any (known to me) approved Scout
activity, it comes close to violating the spirit.
Yes, Scouts engage in archery, and riflery, and shotgun shooting, but
those are aimed at defined targets, focus on safety, and enhance
concentration and integrated motor skills. The targets are neither
humanlike, animallike, nor can an inference be reasonably drawn. I've
even engaged in such activities though I do not own (nor would I) such
weaponry, and I personnally believe in limitations, licensing, and
strict liability. (Let's not start a thread based on that opinion.)
The Guide to Safe Scouting states:
> Unauthorized and Restricted Activities
> The following activities have been declared unauthorized and restricted by
> the Boy Scouts of America:
> The activity commonly referred to as "War Game"-in which individuals
> shoot paint or dye at one another-is an unauthorized activity.
To my way of thinking, promoting and using war kites in an approved
Scouting activity comes perilously close to this restriction.
The expressed goal is not just competition, but "...destroying the kites
of your opponent!", and by extension your opponent. At what point do we
ask the question: "Are we having fun yet?"