scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Lack of Scouting influence ??
Bob Lazell (rlazell@QED.NET
Tue May 02 2000 - 06:31:41 CDT
> >and there are lots of boys out there
> > that would rather be punished for doing something they love doing than
> > to do it at all....
> Doesn't this type of action go against many points of the Scout Law? In
> fact, as leader you should discourage this type of action.
Please, lets get a grip here! We are NOT talking about supporting a boy in
a illegal or immoral choice of activity. A boy who chooses to participate
in Scouting above the objections an "authority" is making a choice, that by
all standards that should matter to society, is superior and laudable.
>Thats a contradiction. I might as well lite up
>a doobie and tell the boy how bad drugs are for him.
So, lets use the same logic: Should we encourage a boy who is being abused
by his parents to respect their authority? Blind and rigid adherence to
authority is what is contrary to the Scout oath and law if that adherence is
the legally, morally or ethically wrong path.
As always, every boy and every situation is unique. Yes, I would try to
educate parents who stands in the way of a boy participating or getting the
most out of Scouting. And I would always counsel any boy in such a
situation how to respect and honor what is good and right about the
authority in his life while finding a path out of having to defy that
authority (known as working within the system)
Our commitment should be to the whole boy, not just the kid in uniform. The
world is not black and white, but, endless shades of gray.
SM Troop 127
Valley Cottage, NY