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  1. I follow now. Back then, most of those boys' dads had been in the military, most probably drafted or signing up under the impending threat, and they had their own profound traumas and little empathy for the discomfort the boys felt over nude showering when they had to face and move through the same discomfort in the context of death and destruction, not recreation. They feared their sons being left behind, beaten up, or ostracized by a culture requiring conformity and thought the pain of shame preferable to the violence that their expressions of vulnerability and individuality could inste
  2. I'm not sure if we're agreeing, disagreeing, or neither. If a kid told a leader, then or now, that he felt intensely uncomfortable showering in front of others, would you have a problem with that leader troubleshooting to get him to the shower? "I don't care if you go first or last, if you and a buddy take turns holding up a towel for each other, if you shower with your swim shorts on and reach under to get it all clean, whatever you need to do. But it isn't healthy to swim and not shower because you can get rashes and infections, and that would be particularly difficult if you got it in
  3. He used the words intimidated, forced, embarrassing, and trauma to describe his experiences of public showering over the course of his pubertal years. He did not believe he had an option to shower in his swim trunks or to change under a towel, behind a curtain or towel held by a friend, or in a private corner, for example. That might be his own lack of imagination and nothing to do with the overt culture. However, that culture did not educate and empower him to live in accordance with his own values so there is room for improvement even if the showering issue isn't institutional. Others l
  4. I completely agree. It isn't the presence of showers, it is the coercion and shaming that is the problem in Skeptic's experience.
  5. But my argument is not that a place or occasion has had abuse so should be avoided. My argument is that his experience of feeling coerced and shamed into exposing his nude body against his will was wrong, no matter the date or context, and that we should not be using coercion and shame to get a child to violate his own healthy values. It doesn't become OK because the context was a shower and a period in time where a lot of people were similarly coerced, and that similarly doesn't make every occasion of nudity abuse, that doesn't mean that all such occasions are equal to sexual abuse, and
  6. It seems more like the normative and widespread summer camp experience for a region. I agree that it is definitely not legal vultures or foolish over-reach to condemn it. I believe the same can be said to the original topic: what seems to be overreach can on investigation be clear abuse. I think that minimizing and normalizing the possibility of abuse from communal showers because of their commonality turns a blind eye, in part, to the rampant abuse some, like those in this article, endured under exactly those conditions and other common and seemingly benign occasions. I see no reason to
  7. I cannot help but think of an account I read of abuse swept under the rug in the context of communal nudity and showering. The newspaper article details a system of abuse with examples of grooming, sexual abuse, rape, and suicide. I will quote a small mostly benign-in-context example about communal showering. A Brave Never Tells: Strange and Erotic Stories from Inside the Boy Scouts' Most Secret Society
  8. Thank you! Looks like I need to plan a road trip to Howland, Ohio before they're sold!
  9. A person's heinous acts does not mean they didn't also perform kindnesses. And a person performing kindnesses does not mean we can trust that person with opportunities to hurt and abuse, especially the vulnerable, especially if the person has a history of such behavior. Kindnesses do not negate hideous abuse. We were discussing just yesterday the adults in our lives who took us under their wings as children and of how their innocent behaviors would never fly today. A neighbor of mine basically functioned like an aunt and I went on random shopping trips and such all the time. The dif
  10. That would be especially great for recruitment time! Would that be May or August?
  11. Got it. Thank you! That link answered all my questions. I'll be ready! That's not something I would have ever dreamed existed! How very cool! I'm trying for one den meeting, pack performance, and one activity per month--whether that activity is den or pack. Several months have two pack activities already. Does that sound like the right balance? Very cool! I'll look into it!
  12. Is the Safe Swimming stuff completely online? If I want to do Floats and Boats in September, do I need any in-person training before then?
  13. Thanks! Makes sense. I was just going through what can be automatically checked off and Healthy Unit was exactly what looked doable if we're already doing healthy snacks, water, and physical activity anyway then might as well give a patch for it.
  14. YES!!! That's the whole reason we are in scouting and not in some sort of academic enrichment program. We need experiential and social learning! I've seen conflicting things on SCOUTStrong/Healthy Unit--do you know if that's still going? If I should be checking those off and giving out an award or if it is no longer active? I saw online it is over but the official site doesn't say anything. I think I have a rough sketch of meeting and activity. Would you mind me sending a PM with it for criticism or encouragement?
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