scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: > Subject: Re: Scouts in the news
Prescott Family (comfort@WAYPT.COM
Sat Aug 26 2000 - 14:01:50 CDT
> Here's the real issue: those Scouts who stood up at the Democratic
> convention had absolutely nothing to do with either the Supreme Court
> decision or the policies of the BSA. They were outstanding young men, and
> they deserved to be applauded for their accomplishments and their
> committment to the values of scouting. They are to be commended for taking
> part in the electoral process regardless of which "side" they support -
> that's a core value of good citizenship. Although I did not watch the
> political conventions, it is my understanding that they stood tall and
> upheld their pride and honor, just as I would expect of a Scout.
A big "Well Done!!!" for those Scouts!
It reminded me of the time my Webelos den was invited to do a flag
ceremony for the opening of a bicycle trail. It was a big deal,
Congressman Dicks was there, all the big shots in our town were there,
there were speaches and balloons, and my scouts brought their bikes so
they could be the first to ride the trail.
There I was trying to organize 6 boys into performing their first
"Real" (not just for the den) flag ceremony, and I look over to the back
side of the stage where I had put the flag. There was some 19 or 20 year
old kid sitting down next to the base of the flag with a look on his
face that seemed as if he was very proud of himself for some reason. I
went to get the flag, and this kid told me he was "Protesting" the flag
being there, and he had used his bike lock to chain himself to the flag
O.K, I told hi, He had a right to do that, but did he understand
that the flag was there so a bunch of 9 and 10 year olds could
participate in the opening ceremony? Did he really want to dissappoint
Well, he got a very sorry look on his face and told me he didn't
have the key to the lock.
No problem, I just pulled the flagpole off the stand slipped it from
his lock. There he was with a bike lock chained to his pants, while he
watched the den do the flag ceremony. The kids did a wonderfull job,
and then got their balloons tied to their bikes, waited for the way too
long speaches to be finally over, then they took off down the trail.
The scouts never knew a thing about the "Protest", but I will never
forget the look on that guys face when it dawned on him that his actions
might hurt little kids. I think he was releived when the flag just
slipped off his lock. Surprised, but releived.
Bethel Prescott, former leader of Den 3, pack 1480, Port Hadlock, Wa.
"The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You
have to catch it yourself."