Michael H. Lampkin (mlampkin@PRISM.GATECH.EDU)
Thu, 23 May 1991 12:39:46 LCL
Thanks to everyone who has replied to my inquiry about Commissioners!
Mike Walton mades some _very_ good points. One of these brings up a
situation that is in our District --not hurting our program, but not
helping it either.
Walton says in one reply to the subject "COMMISSIONER??":
>".........the unsavorly ones would realize that someone is really
>checking to see that they are running a Scout unit, and not a
>paramilitary annex of the United Klans of America or a sexclub.
We have an Explorer Post being sponsored by a police department and
being run by that police department, no problem. The trouble is that
the leaders run it like a paramilitary unit and it is getting out of
hand. Example: One of our Roundtable staff members is friends with
the family of one of the Post members. One day the Roundtable staff
member casually invites the boy to a Roundtable just to see what
The boy arrives at the Roundtable and no sooner walks in the door
when his Advisor (who happened to be making a _rare_ appearance)
stands up and demands that the boy leave. After telling the Advisor
several times that it is alright for the boy to stay, the Advisor
informs the boy that if he chooses to stay he will be "excommunicated"
[sic] from the Post. The boy leaves almost in tears.
The boy is now no longer active in Scouting. We found out that
his Post had held a "court martial" [sic] to kick the boy out. They
finally came to the decision to simply penalize him.
He quit anyway.
NOBODY (council, district, me!) will not touch that Post. We don't
want those kids to be subject to any unnecessary "junk" like that
which might be due to treating them like a >normal< Post.
I have had my other two Law Enforcement Posts to make themselves
noticable in a positive manner in the hopes that they will be an
example to the "distant" Post.
On a more positive note about that Post, they always recharter on
time (sorry, a little Commissioner humor) and they have a reasonably
large membership of 12-14 active. They cause the council/district
no problems, though we are under a little stress due to the heavy
training in guns (all within the BSA guidelines).
Q: What do I/we do? "Nothing" has been the best policy yet.
P.S. Mike Walton, what is a "blackeagle?"
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