re. should I take the transfer
G E Hedrick (geh@A.CS.OKSTATE.EDU)
Sun, 4 Jul 1993 14:44:23 CDT
First, I am, in general, opposed to kicking a boy out of a troop. I realize
at time it might be necessary, but only when it is a last resort. When
it is necessary, it should be a troop committee decision based on
recommendations of the PLC and scoutmaster. Even then, it frequently
is possible to arrange a transfer to another troop without taking
formal action. I HAVE seen boys who could not function in one troop
transfer to another and do very well.
Second, some boys suffer behavioral disorders which can be managed. (I know
I'll be accused of relying on psychological mumbo-jumbo here.) A
consultation with the parent(s) on behavioral control strategies would
be helpful here. Also, many boys with behavioral disorders try to control
their impulsiveness with medication. Remember, you must know whether
he is on any medication, what it is, and how it is administered
whenever you take the boy on a troop sponsored outing. Parents
frequently do not want to discuss this, but quietly explaining the
BSA rules and reasons for them usually works. Ask the parent(s)
whether the boy is on medication for a behavioral and/or
learning disorder. I think you find the parents cooperative as
long as you show some understanding. Please don't announce
to the boys, "Johnny has _____ disorder so he cannot behave." That
will defeat his efforts to be like the rest of the group. Let the
boy show them and you that he can behave.
I could go on with several examples of scouts and others with behavioral
disorders, but were successful anyway, but that would be too long.
If I were you (and I'm NOT!), I would accept the boy as any other transfer,
but quietly talk to his parents and previous scoutmaster.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City