Skip to comments.Scouts to no longer bring penknives on camping trips [UK]
Posted on 09/07/2009 6:29:09 AM PDT by Daffynition
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You’re probably right.
And if someone is cut/injured, isn’t it part of scouting to treat injuries and learn emergency aid in difficult situations? Geesh.
Unless the scouts are committing the acts of knife violence, how can banning them from carrying knives stop the violence?
I was not a scout but I have carried a pocket knife since I was six. My dad carries one. My mom carries one.
A pocket knife is a useful tool.
(Do they even still make those?)
Ouch. This brings back painful memories from Boy Scouts. That is, our particularly hardcore group of scoutmasters had a profoundly effective way of stimulating boys to advance in the ranks on field trips.
The youngest ones would be whittling with pocket knives, and so soon learned the value of good steel compared to the pot metal typically used in cheap blades. Their “graduation” to a sheath knife actually meant something. From there, the big push was to First Class, where they would use hatchets and axes. A lot.
Life rank Scouts finally hit it big by “getting” to use chainsaws. Clearing and harvesting cords of mesquite wood to raise money for the troop. A long weekend of harvesting wood could pay for the much of the rest of the year’s activities.
And a lot of sore muscles. But it was worth it.
Liberalspeak for “I” know what is good you.
Good good memories. I remember dad never ventured off a road without his sheath knife and Colt Woodsman.
I hope somewhere, somehow, scoutmasters are continuing and passing down this knowledge. Gutting and skinning animals, comes to mind too.
Next, Scouting will be keeping them safe by not letting them carry pointy sticks or dangerous strings (which could, of course, be used as a garrote). Soon belts, neckerchiefs, and laced shoes will be removed from the uniform. And heavy hiking boots could be thrown, so Scouts will be restricted to thongs (flip-flops) and trainers less than a given weight. Most other Boy Scout kit will need to go as well, that being heavy, hard, pointy, or loud. The British Boy Scouts will become the Girl Scouts... but then what's to be done about needlepoint?
Lord Baden-Powell must be spinning in his grave.
Also, we must never let the secret of fire-making be propagated amonst the masses lest we lose rich eco-systems to man’s unquenchable lust for warmth and roasted weiners. Instead, scouts will spend more time indoors knitting plush baby dolls (with blunt knitting needles) that they can pretend to nurse in sympathy to the matriarchal ideal.
King of the Hill had an episode about the pussification of outdoor boys clubs, it was pretty classic.
We’re still allowing scouts in the woods? OMG .......call my attorney!
See FR post
Fight For You Knife Rights Now!
this is so stupid and unnecessary. What are they afraid of, a scout may cut himself and overwhelm their socialized medicine program?
How about the little flint & steel firestarter kits? They used those to entice us to join the Cub Scouts when I was a kid. All the boys were assembled in the gym and each of us got a pie tin with a few cotton balls in it to set on fire with the flint & steel. Oh man that was fun — and of course the idea was that if you joined the Scouts you’d get to do a lot of that kind of thing. This was in the 1980s but it seems like worlds away now.
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