sample of issues to be addressed
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Wed, 3 Feb 1993 15:11:47 EST
It thought I might add some of the specific areas that the GUIDELINES
committee has been asked to address, some of which a related to
others previously on the list, or cases soon to be at hand:
A scout accepted the position of Scribe, however, he has not been
at a meeting in three months because of conflicts with school
basketball team practice and games. Should his advancement to LIFE
be delayed? He has gone on 2 of 4 campouts, and scouting for food.
He accepted the position only one month before basketball started.
Three scouts in the troop have set up their Eagle project in the since
last June. One scout never showed up to help his fellow scouts, but
did do scouting for food, and participated in a "homeless" program
at his school. Is his Scout spirit at question here?
One scout was almost sent home from summer camp. He got very upset
with a YOUNG canoeing MB instructor. The scout was frustrated and
unable to get the straight line requirement completed. The councilor
was YOUNG, and not really very helpful, but continued to yell instructions
until the scout got so frustrated, he swore at the concilor, and broke the
canoe padle. I expect there are many complex sides of the incident,
beacuse after a review at camp, the scout was not sent home, although
at first, it was "demanded" by the MB councilor. (the full story may
never be available to the committee) He did not complete the MB, but
did canoe over 50 miles at the Adirondak Scout reservation later in the
summer! Should this advancement be delayed? What could be a "guideline"
to address this kind of issue?
And then there is a first class scout, that shows up with 15 MB cards
signed off. He does not like the current SPL, and only goes to meetings
or campouts if the SPL is not going to be present. He is very active
in school sports, and a church youth group as well as a chapter officer
in the Order of the Arrow. But has not be at very many troop meetings,
to avoid conflict with the SPL.
NOW, the final question, how do I get off this committee? We have been
asked to look at these questions from two sides. 1) What if you were the
parent of the scout. and 2) What should the Scout Master or committee
respond. AND YES, we expect to get input from the PLC as well as
parents, and YES we have training comming up at the council Univ of
Scouting in two weeks. But I though I could get some expert opinions
from the list in the meantime.
Don, continued - thanks again
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City