Re: Should i take the transfer?
E. C. HALE (ARTHALE@EKU.BITNET)
Wed, 30 Jun 1993 23:32:34 -0400
I don't think "kicking a boy out of a Troop" (as some on the list
have described it) is ever a real solution to the BOY'S problems. It may
be a solution to that particular TROOP'S problems.
I vote for taking the boy in.
HOWEVER! 1. Talk to his old scoutmaster. See if you can determine what
the actual situation is (or was). BTW, I'm willing to bet that,
unless the old scoutmaster is unusually short-tempered, the
"lightstick thing" was the last in a long list of incidents.
2. Confer with his parents (parent?). Get their slant on the
situation and, at the same time, see if they are part of the
3. Set guidelines. Tell the parents AND the boy what is expected
of them. At the same time explain to them what the troop will
do for the boy.
4. Prepare the troop. Explain the situation (confidentially) to
your adult leadership. (My opinion is that the boys will "scope-
out" the situation themselves with a very short time - they just
cant keep secrets.) In general terms explain to the SPL and the PL
what they may be facing - BUT - do it in a positive way . . . "We
have a challenge to successfully surmount . . . etc."
4 FOLLOW UP. Keep a close (not oppressive) watch on the boy and
try to head-off problems before they can develop. Confer with the
parents on a regular basis for progress reports. Call them in as
soon as trouble, if any, starts or looks as though it's going to.
If necessary, ask the parent(s) to take a direct hand in controlling
the boy's behavior by being on hand for troop activities.
I'm not Pollyanna. I know there are boys out there that are absolute
poison. I've dealt with quite a few in my years as a junior high teacher and
my "going-on" thirty in scouting. There does come a point when a single boy
can be so disruptive as to destroy the program for the others. In these
situations (and ONLY if there is no way the problems can be ameliorated),
you sometimes have to cut the boy loose from your particular troop. In the
past, I, and those I have worked with, have always tried to keep the boy in
scouting - but, with another unit or even another type of unit (as switching
from Boy Scouts to Explorers).
As a point of info: one of the troops I work with is dealing with this
precise problem at this time.
I hope this has been helpful and doesn't come across too much as a
lecture! (Professors like myself do tend to pontificate.)
Yours in Scouting,
Carroll Hale SM T-118 SAINT MARK CHURCH RICHMOND, KY.
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