Re: Further reply to Izard
Monica C. Pilman (TACVMCP@VM.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Mon, 8 Apr 1991 08:37:15 CDT
We had two second graders join our pack as Wolf Cubs this year, and the
pack committee decided to encourage them to leave after all of our efforts
to work with them failed. The boys were mean, vicious, filled with dirty
language, disobedient, and in general acted like little wild animals.
They kicked and punched both leaders and cub scouts, and the language they'd
In this case, one wonders about the parent. She is a single mother living
on welfare, and has three children. We stopped asking her to correct her
boys, because her corrections were violent and contained foul language (so
it was pretty clear where the boys got it from). Other parents in cub
scouting complained about these children, and they were disrupting the
program for the other boys.
It was not an easy decision to make, and obviously, we spent most of the
school year trying to "work things out", since the decision was just made
last week. We all felt fairly certain that our scouting program was
probably the best thing in the lives of those little boys...but their
social problems were disrupting the program for everyone else, both
boys and leaders.
I hope we did the right thing.
--- Monica C. Pilman
Cubmaster, Pack 234
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City