"Geez, is anybody else sick of the whiny politically
"correct c... that has infiltrated Scouting?"
*Personal opinion mode=ON*
No, I'm not. Particularly as trainers, I feel we have
a need to be sensitive to the feelings of others. It
goes with that point of the Scout law that deals with
Letting a meeting agenda be hijacked by high-spirited
folks singing the Announcemts song, "Back to Gilwell,"
or any other fun, but intrusive action IS rude.
For all fun things there is a place. The staff at our
summer camp has a great deal of fun with the
Announcements song each day at the end of lunch.
Encouraging the campers to sing, throwing in lots of
verses and really getting the dining hall rocking. It
While working as a staffer at Jamboree, each evening
at dinner announcements of vital importance were made
each night at supper. The young fellow who drew the
duty was the camp "go-fer"--easy to make fun of and
not particularly respected by the gizzled staffers in
our subcamp. He was harrased nightly by boisterous
Scouters who seemed more interested in maintaining a
goofy "tradition" than listening to what he had to
say. One evening when the crowd was particularly
rowdy, he simply could not get control of the
situation to make his announcements. After waiting
quietly for a few moments he joined in with the
verses, and when the crowd ran out he started singing
verses I'd never heard. The crowd kept up for a bit
but were soon outclassed and fell silent. He then
sang a couple of more all by himself. He stopped,
swept the tent with a level gaze, calmly made his
announcements, thanked us, and left. For the rest of
the Jamboree he had no problem getting our attention
and doing his job.
Every Scouter there that evening learned the point
this extended thread has been bouncing around.
Respect. It is a quality that is earned, but also one
that should be freely given. Putting others in a
situation of discomfort, beyond beig rude, is
disrespectful. I interpret nothing in the Scout Oath
or Law that tolerates disrespect.
As role models to young people and trainers of
Scouters, I feel it is particularly important for us
to be Kind and Courteous to others. Even if it falls
to us to be "politically correct." Even if it isn't
quite as much fun. Even if it is a pain in the neck
*Personal opinion mode=OFF*
Yours in the spirit of Scouting,
Dan O'Canna, Lexington, KY
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