scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Table manners
Jim Sleezer (jhs8@OKSTATE.EDU
Mon Jun 26 2000 - 14:05:01 CDT
We don't bring Emily Post (am I dating myself) on camping trips but we do
expect that Scouts' behavior will not be offensive to others. My first
year at camp, when we entered the dining hall for the first time, the camp
director gave a very brief speech on manners. His approach was that "Here
at camp, we try to use appropriate manners. They may not be exactly what
you do at home but they are what we expect here."
But, I don't see the issues you describe as questions of manners. What
difference does it make whether it is a peanut butter sandwich, a catsup
sandwich or a spaghetti sandwich. Some people would find any sandwich
(that you eat with your hands) offensive. Some casseroles are prepared in
the kitchen, others at the table; the way a person mixes food may not be
appropriate but mixing foods is not necessarily poor manners. And, 8 to 10
spoonfuls of sugar on cereal probably isn't very healthy but it's not a
question of manners--unless the use keeps others from having a chance to
have sugar on their cereal!
Personally, I like the approach of "This is what is expected in camp. What
you do at home is between you and your family."