Joan Webster (ASPJMW@UOFT01.BITNET)
Tue, 24 Nov 1992 10:08:56 -0500
Help....SCOUTMASTERS, etc. How would you handle this one?
My husband is Asst. SM for my son's troop. The SPL borrowed one of our
Super Nintendo games last week and returned it to my husband at the troop
meeting last night at the beginning of the meeting. My husband placed the
game on his briefcase, and proceeded with the meeting. When the meeting
was over, the game was gone. After much searching, he found the empty
box from the game thrown behind the curtains on the stage.
Now, there was NO ONE at the meeting besides boy scouts in the troop.
In hindsight, I suppose he should have put the game IN the briefcase or
othwise secured it, but he never expected to have it ripped off by one
of the SCOUTS!!! What happened to TRUSTWORTHY???
He is devastated more by the breach of trust than the fact that we lost
a $50 game!! My son (tenderfoot rank) is also discouraged that one of his
troop would do that to HIM!! It demonstrates a complete disregard for all
of the principles we are drumming into him.
My husband talked to the SM and SPL last night about this and is waiting
to hear what they think might be done about this incident.
There are two suspects seen hanging around the briefcase during the meeting.
My thinking is that since there was no one else present but the troop, that
this is the perfect opportunity for the scoutmaster to discuss the LAW
with the troop and the true meaning of it (and MAYBE we might just recover
the game if there really is a concience left in the thief).
Or might the senior patrol leader discuss the indident with the troop?
Or should we just kiss the tape goodbye and never trust anyone in the
Should we call the parents of the suspects and ask their cooperation in
case the game shows up mysteriously at their house???
If we do find the perpetrator, what should be done?
I am looking for suggestions from anyone who has been in a troop leadership
position.....please send e-mail to me Bitnet: ASPJMW@UOFT01 or
Thanks, Joan Webster
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City