Boy Scouts Ban Water Gun Fights and Water Balloons… They’re Too Unfriendly
The Boy Scouts of America have banned water gun fights and water balloons.
They’re too unfriendly.
CBS Local reported:
A summer rite of passage in the dog days of summer won’t be available to Boy Scouts at their camps or other activities because the group recently announced a ban on the use of water guns for anything other than target practice and a limit on water balloons.
“Water guns and rubber band guns must only be used to shoot at targets, and eye protection must be worn,” reads page 99 of the 2015 Boy Scout handbook.
The new rule for water balloons dictates their size and origin — no more puffed up balls of latex for traditional water balloon fights.
“For water balloons, use small, biodegradable balloons, and fill them no larger than a ping pong ball,” page 100 of the handbook adds.
The news was revealed in a blog post in Scouting Magazine, written by Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout, who is is senior editor of “Boys’ Life,” “Scouting” and “Eagles’ Call” magazines.
“Why the rule?” Wendell added. “A Scouter once told me this explanation I liked quite a bit: “A Scout is kind. What part of pointing a firearm [simulated or otherwise] at someone is kind?”