Friday, March 23, 2007


I couldn't believe it when I heard the reason Michael Auberry wandered off from his Boy Scout troop in North Carolina: He didn't want to camp any more and he thought he'd hitchhike home.

I'm completely disgusted on a number of levels. The more I hear about other people's experiences in Scouting, the more I realize how lucky I was to have the troop that I had. It didn't even exist before my 12 of us Webelos were ready to be Scouts and so we started Troop 477 from the ground up. Most of us were there because we wanted to be there, though there was always the occassional kid whose parents made him go. Most of those boys didn't last long and stopped showing up eventually.

My troop was great; we'd go camping every month, even if it was just in the Scoutmaster's backyard. We had high adventure campouts every summer and a week long summer camp. Even with all that fun I had, there certainly were times I wanted to go home. What does a young man do in that situation? Deal with it. Talk to the Scoutmaster.

The Scoutmaster should keep the boy involved, not make special concessions.
Most of the Scouts on the trip had gone on a hike Saturday morning, but Michael Auberry, saying he wanted to sleep in, stayed behind in base camp with a few other Scouts. News reports say he got up around 10 a.m. and disappeared about an hour later.
Sleep in!?

When boys didn't want to get up on our campouts, Mr. McClelland (one of the Assistant Scoutmasters) would walk through the campsite singing "Oh what a beautiful morning." No kidding, it was really annoying, but we got up and had a heck of a lot of fun.

The kid's parents apparently have forced him to continue participate in the program regardless of his apparent distaste for camping. It's not fair to Michael Auberry for his parents to make him continue doing something he doesn't want to do, and it's not fair to the other kids in the troop who want to have fun to have to put up with Michael Auberry. I have this attitude about the Navy as well, and have good retention in my department, because the people who want to stay do and there is no pressure on the people who want to go.

The whiny little snot asked his Dad to give him five dollars if he didn't have a good time. His dad said they'd do something together. I wonder how many campouts day goes on? Then Michael asked for a "helicopter ride out of here" when he was found. Is Boy Scouts his way of sharing the burden of parenting his child? Letting other men teach him how to be a man? Apparently he's not having much success on his own so far in that regard. I wish him luck.

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Blogger Gyrobo bloody well said...

Parents today just don't know how to pawn off their kids on other people.

23 March, 2007 15:28  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin bloody well said...

Okay, first off, now I've got "Oh What A Beautiful Morning" rambling around my brain pan and I'm sure it'll be there all darned day!

Second, precisely so: no one wants some complaining kid messing up the experience for all the others who may actually WANT to be in the Scouts and camping.

And concessions? Since when do Scoutmasters let the kids do whatever they wish?


24 March, 2007 16:58  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden bloody well said...

03 27 07

Just another example of PC orthodoxy in child rearing gone terribly awry. I do feel for the children who had to suffer with that jerk of a child. Geesh! But his parents are to blame for allowing him to act like that.

27 March, 2007 04:29  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin bloody well said...

By the way, how did you acquire the name for your blog, People Covered In Fish? I know there's GOT to be a story about that, somewhere.


01 April, 2007 20:01  
Blogger Robosquirrel bloody well said...

Sometimes people ask that - it's not all that interesting, but the first post on the blog pretty much covers it.
People Covered in Fish: What's All This?

02 April, 2007 09:48  

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