Saturday, July 31, 2010

What Part of NO Do You Not Understand?

Interesting title for a scout post, isn't it?
Let me start by apologizing for the double negative in the title.

Webster's dictionary defines the word no as:

Pronunciation: \ˈnō\
Function: adverb
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English nā, from ne not + ā always; akin to Old Norse & Old High German ne not, Latin ne-, Greek nē- — more at aye

Date: before 12th century

1 a chiefly Scottish : not b —used as a function word to express the negative of an alternative choice or possibility

2 : in no respect or degree —used in comparisons

3 : not so —used to express negation, dissent, denial, or refusal

4 —used with a following adjective to imply a meaning expressed by the opposite positive statement

5 —used as a function word to emphasize a following negative or to introduce a more emphatic, explicit, or comprehensive statement

6 —used as an interjection to express surprise, doubt, or incredulity

7 —used in combination with a verb to form a compound adjective

8 : in negation

Now, let's look at Prohibit:
Pronunciation: \prō-ˈhi-bət, prə-\

Function: transitive verb
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin prohibitus, past participle of prohibēre to keep off, from pro- forward + habēre to hold — more at pro-, give

Date: 15th century

1 : to forbid by authority : enjoin

2 a : to prevent from doing something b : preclude
synonyms see forbid

I chose to write a post on "No," because I recently read on Facebook that there was a scout leader that brought alcohollic beverages to a scout camp.
What a serious violation of the Boy Scouts of America's policy on Drugs and Alcohol.
The Guide to Safe Scouting clearly points out that tobacco products and the use of other than prescription drugs, including alcohol is prohibited from any and all scouting activities where youth are participating (see page 23 of The Guide to Safe Scouting).
This means at camp, at award banquets, baseball games, picnics etc.

As a leader, you are entrusted to take care of all of the boys within your unit and the expectations are and will always be one where the leaders will be in complete charge  and not be under the influence of substances where judgement may be impaired.
There should be a way that we could be able to cut the corner on a leaders membership card for breaking the law regarding to safe scouts.
Stay home if you cannot control your urge for a cigarette or a drink.
This also includes all parents as well.
The safety of your children depend upon that.

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