Yeh, I had to put the stop on the boys going into the bar and getting the free popcorn there. The image issue was a concern. I told them that if they wanted popcorn, buy some and we can make it up in the kitchen. They never questioned it after that.
There was a second bar in the banquet hall were the boys met and although the boys used the stools to sit on during patrol meetings, they never went behind the bar.
The only concern I had is when the IH would come to "see how the boys were doing." and would be a bit over-consumed with a high-ball in his hand...... and the boys knew he had had too much. We discussed it amongst ourselves and that was the end of it.
I think there is a direct ratio between adult hysteria and youth curiosity.
I agree, and I didn't grow up to be hysterical about alcohol (or guns). My kids see me drink, and they occasionally have a (very small) glass of wine or beer. BUT I'd be very concerned about the liability of having unsecured alcohol around underage kids. If the bar is in sight- but adequately secured- I'd have no issue. But in sight and unsecured- that's a lawsuit waiting to happen.