Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Thu, 1 Jul 1993 10:11:40 CST
In real life, undisciplined performance often leads to loss of a job. It may
seem a bit severe, but "expelling" a youth from a unit may be the best thing
for the youth and the unit. He might just wake up to reality before he
is in a position where the job is essential.
I once fired a camp staff member whose behavior was rather irrational and
threatening to other staff. As part of the termination process, I discussed
the reasons with him. He didn't like it, but seemed to understand. His
father came to pick him up and was really irate--said it would destroy his
son, that he (the boy) would never have anything to do with scouting again.
I said I was sorry, but that my decision stood. I lost contact with the
family until about 10 years later when the boy (now a college graduate) called
to ask if he could use me as a reference on his application for a BSA
professional position. We discussed what I would (could) say. I was never
contacted but understand that he spent several years as a professional before
budget cuts forced him to seek another line of work. When we talked, he said
that being fired had awakened him to the consequences of his action and that
he had sought help to straighten out his life. I think he did!
Roundtable Commissioner, Pawnee Bill District, Will Rogers Council
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