|To Upside Down Bobcat Ceremonies
For several years, the Cub Scout Division has been trying to discourage
the use of the Bobcat ceremony in which boys are physically turned upside
down. There are several
reasons for this:
has a strong possibility of being frightening to some boys.
smacks of adult harassment of kids.
makes a frivolous occasion of what should be a solemn, dignified
- It carries a real potential for injury.
I wonder what explanation a leader could give parents (and,
possibly, the attorney) of a boy who was dropped on his head as to
what was going on and why it was important.
is no Cub Scout basis to the ceremony.
Do a good turn daily is the Boy Scout slogan.
There is no point to pinning a Bobcat badge on upside down
until a boy does his first good turn, because the daily good
turn is not a Cub Scouting concept.
In summary, there is no point to this type of
ceremony, and it contains significant potential for harm.
As such, it has no place in Cub Scouting and should not be used.