scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Smoooooookin', eatin' and setting examples
Bob Lazell (rlazell@QED.NET
Fri Apr 14 2000 - 06:05:42 CDT
Bob Dewar wrote:
> As a confirmed (read; addicted) smoker who does not like it very much
> (please, I know what that sounds like) I can verify this first hand. I am
> not overweight and am in half-way decent health, except for the
> aforementioned vice.
This Bob thinks the above Bob makes a really good point, directed to the
heart of the "good example" issue. Bob does show his boys the ills of
smoking by, as he says "simply by not being able to keep up with any boy"
but, more importantly, by being upfront and honest about his addiction and
his efforts to overcome it (sorry to make you sound like a drug addict Bob,
but, a smoke nazi on the list would have soon done it anyway) he is modeling
to the boys someone making his best effort to overcome something; therein
lies the better lesson.
Attitude is everything when it come to the frailties and foibles of
Scouters. More than prevalent that smoking, I find the incredible number of
overweight and out of shape Scouters to be appalling. If they would make
the same effort as Bob, we could all recite the "physically strong" part of
the Scout oath with a little more moral authority.
SM troop 127
Valley Cottage, NY