scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Scoutmaster Minute? - The wrong (IMO) message
Jim Miller Jr. (jmillerjr@LSFCU.ORG
Tue Jun 13 2000 - 09:46:31 CDT
I happen to think that the committee was absolutely right in what they did.
There are times when individuality is simply not appropriate. The fact that
this young man was repeatedly reminded of the rules, warned, and warned
again provides for no excuses. This was a voluntary event. He didn't have to
play. If he wanted to play, he had to abide by the rules. This young man
showed a complete lack of respect for the game he was playing, his coach,
his teammates, the officials of the event, and the owners/operators of the
That's the lesson that such a story should convey to our Scouts. If he
disagreed with the rules, he had every right to dispute them, argue against
them, and work within the proscribed system to get them changed. At all
times he had a personal obligation to show respect for others.
It was a simple matter of decorum, not a societal injustice he was fighting.
It should not be blown out of proportion. It certainly shouldn't be compared
to the Holocaust for any reason.
He cost his teammates a championship. I hope that positive peer pressure
gets this young man to rethink how important it may be to wear his hat
backwards given the results of his defiance.
James J. Miller, Jr. Meechgalhukquot
Assistant Scoutmaster-Troop 5, Kearny, NJ "Redheaded One"
Eagle-1988 Vigil-1994 I used to be a Bobwhite(NE-II-76)
District Vice Chairman - Venturing, Hudson Liberty District
Northern New Jersey Council, BSA