Expelling kids from troops
Troye Kauffman (AEZTROY@UICVMC.BITNET)
Thu, 1 Jul 1993 09:29:57 CDT
From: Troye Kauffman Bitnet: AEZTROY@UICVMC
(217) 244-6322 Internet: email@example.com
Having been a scoutmaster with kids of various temperments and abilities,
I can definately say that sometimes kids need to be expelled from the troop.
Before you jump on me consider the conditions:
1. Guidelines for behavior that incorporate the Scout Oath and Law must be
established by the PLC (Patrol Leaders Council), and approved by the Troop
Committee. Reasonable consequences for infractions must be likewise
established and approved. These must be published and made known to all.
2. Reasonable consequences:
a. Minor infractions (scuffles, littering, inappropriate language, etc.)
- Timeout and/or service work.
b. More serious infractions or repeated minor problems (theft,
(intentional injury of other kids or property, use of fireworks,
alcohol or tobacco at scout functions)
- Conference with parents, probation with conditions and/or requiring
parents to attend scout functions with scout.
c. Very serious infractions (drug use or selling, use of lethal weapons)
or repeated serious problems while on probation
- Conference with parents to inform of expulsion of scout, INCLUDING
conditions to be met for the scout to be readmitted; possible
referral of scouts behavior to legal authorities.
3. I disagree very strongly with people that say scouts should never be
a. Allowing a repeat offender to escape justice teaches the offender and
the other scouts that there are no substantial consequences to any
mis-behavior. This is does a diservice to ALL of the scouts.
b. Allowing a disruptive scout to remain can ruin the program for
everybody. I have seen many rule-abiding scouts drop out of the
program because of a trouble-maker. There is the REAL injustice -
that good kids are deprived of their program just to provide one for
someone who flouts authority.
c. It is hard enough for a volunteer to provide a quality program
without having to devote all of the resources of an adult to keep a
kid in line. I have seen cases that required an adult to monitor a
scout at all times to keep him from picking fights or wandering off.
The whole program suffered, kids dropped out, and parents begged for
something to be done. All attempts to discipline the scout failed,
until the scout was barred from all events without a parent attending.
He never returned.
My point is that I am not Mother Theresa, and while I feel horrible
for kids that have been dealt a bad hand, I do not have the resources
to turn their lives around. I am an over-worked parent and scouter,
and I would resent any implications that I am not doing enough by
being the kids savior. For these people who wish to take the load
of the world on their shoulders, I would remind them that there are
millions of starving and hopeless kids in the world that are also
not being reached by their troop's program. I cannot allow myself to
be eaten up by all of the world's evils - I am merely doing what I
can right now, and preparing myself to do things of greater consequence
in the future (my goal is to make a difference on a more global
scale, after I have finished my parental responsibilities.)
In conclusion, if a scout refuses to follow the scout oath and law then
he doesn't belong in a scout troop. Period.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City