Re: Following the rules (?)
Jack W. Weinmann (bk233@CLEVELAND.FREENET.EDU)
Thu, 25 Feb 1993 12:46:22 -0500
I agree with Jim and Don and would like to add a few of my own thoughts.
1. Let's consider the boy. Is the program being properly administered in
his case? NO! It is far more important that the Scouting program be
administered EQUALLY. This, to me, is a case where the boy is being
overburdened with the "make-up" that his present pack is imposing upon him.
2. Consider the program. Our program contains a lot of flexible areas, but
the age/grade situation is quite clearly spelled out. Are we, as TRAINED
Scouters, supposed to sit by and remain quiet about something like this?
I do not believe that we should. It is for the good of the boy thatwe
should speak out.
3. If (or when) the boy - or his parents - find out that he didn't have to
make up the time what are the consequences? Chances are that it will cause
ill feelings at their church. (Not a good situation.)
It looks to me like the leadership of the pack simply doesn't know how it
should work. It also seems that they are untrained and are looking to
council to "correct me if I'm wrong." - Now we all know that many
councils are good at catching mistakes eventually, but they cannot catch
every mistake - especially at this level.
I would suggest finding the most TACTFUL person in your unit that is
knowedgeable enough to hold their own in a policy discussion. Have that
person talk with either the Cubmaster or the parent(s) of the boy involved.
Do not point fingers or blame, but rather inform and show written proof of
the issue. (Catch more flies with sugar.......)
Hopefully it is just a misunderstanding that has caused the pack to have
him "catch up."
If nothing is done the boy will most probably be the one who suffers. He
will have a hard time as a 2nd year Webelos trying to make up BOTH years.
As far as tattling to the Unit Commissioner (UC)or District Executive (DE),
I would wait to see if it can be cleared up by talking to the unit or the
parents. (Why call in the big guns when you may be able to clarify it QUIETLY?)
I believe that a quiet discussion (if BOTH parties can discuss it calmly
and with reason) can settle the problem and cause no embarrassment to the
pack involved. This is an important consideration. They are wrong and if
quietly convinced they can let the boy transfer and also even change their
policy with whatever reason they can make up to save face. Nobody loses!
If they do not see the problem or will not discuss it calmly - THINK OF THE
BOY FIRST! Decide whether HE is worth going to the UC or the DE. (My vote
is for the BOY!)
Sorry for the long post, but this type of issue has come up in my area a
few times and I have seen it go the wrong way. (Result - in one case alone
it was the loss of an involved parent and two boys pulled from the
program.) In the above case, a boy had not completed the 1st grade because
of time out of school due to a badly needed operation (held back due to not
enough req'd attendance) and was told by the pack that he must REPEAT the
TIGER Program!!!! Council backed the pack despite an article in
"Scouting" that stated do not hold back unless the PARENTS feel it is in
the BOY'S best interest. - Not exactly the same, but similar.
Jack W. Weinmann firstname.lastname@example.org
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