scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Lack of Scouting influence ??
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Mon May 03 1993 - 16:44:11 CDT
Ron Leedy wrote and asked:
>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. Yes, it might be
>good for the boy now but what about later on. Is it good for him to think
>that if his actions are good for him that he should disregard authority?
Perhaps I should, Ron, but in all cases other than my own, I am sure that those
Scouts felt the way I felt as a child. It was one of those "ethical
each person has to make, depending on all facts, known and unknown, in the
I cannot speak, nor will I speak, for any other Scout other than myself. In my
own case, I chose to not inform my parents that once again, I was gone to a
Scout meeting. The penalty for informing them, instead of informing them
that I would be out with some friends (not a lie in my case, but a gross
exggeration of factual information), was a lecture from my mother about
"following around White people" and a restriction to the backyard.
Is it a violation of the Scout Law? Maybe. I pitted being loyal and
cheerful against being obedient and brave.
>Okay, maybe that authority is bad and maybe our government is not always
>honorable but I could never condone a boy to lie to his parents so that he
>could be part of Scouting. Thats a contradiction. I might as well lite up
>a doobie and tell the boy how bad drugs are for him.
While I knew in both cases as well as my own that we were misleading
parents, Ron, I don't believe it's lying. I could be wrong. Again, every
Scout, every Scouter, has to decide what is true in *their situation* and
*their life*, and act accordingly.
My options were simple: either tell my parents that I was out with my
friends, and come back with a smile and great experiences; or tell them that
I was gone to a Scouting event someplace, and not be able to leave the
backyard because of my parents' will to "protect their oldest from turning
into something they didn't want."
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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