Re: Twist--how about stifling a
Sinkey, MSgt Stephen (15SASO2.HQAMC@MHS.SAFB.AF.MIL)
Fri, 4 Feb 1994 15:02:00 LCL
My first question is, why isn't this guy the SM? I have a feeling it's
because he want's to be IN-CHARGE, but doesn't want the RESPONSIBILITY!
My next question is, what branch of the service was he in? I'm just a
couple months shy of 20 years in the Air Force, and I only remember
public humiliation and degradation during basic training! I personally
get really annoyed whenever someone tries to treat a Scout group like
a military unit!
I make notes of mistakes made by the Scouts and present them to the
next PLC. The SPL takes my notes as an indication of training that
needs to be planned (I hope). When a mistake is made, it's a real
good indicator that the Scout(s) didn't know, understand, or practice
it! Everyone makes mistakes, and understanding goes a lot farther
than public embarrassment!
At the point of ordering the color guard to repeat the opening ceremony,
he should've been removed from the meeting! There wouldn't have been
any question after chewing out the Scouts for sitting down! He would
have been strongly invited to leave and instructed not to return until
he had a major change in attitude and demeanor! Mental and verbal abuse
is every bit as harmful, and can be worse and more damaging, than
Sending this ASM away may have meant losing a scout, but in a situation
such as this, I believe we have to weigh the cost to the rest of the
troop. Troop and cub committees tend to be afraid to "fire" an adult
volunteer because of the trouble in replacing them. The welfare and
safety of the Scouts must be the first priority. People that "blow up"
over mistakes bear considerable watching. IMO, if you need to be
watched, you don't need to be around youth activities! Personally, I
have enough fear of personal liability for things I control...I don't
need another for something I may not be able to stop!
Lastly (I apologize if this steps on any toes), I fail to see where
Wood Badge has anything to do with this! Why wouldn't he last through
the first weekend? I know quite a few graduates, and there's as many
bad leaders among their ranks as there are in non-attenders. I don't
believe any amount (or kind) of training would have an effect on this
type of individual!
Scout Master, Troop 34
New Baden, Illinois
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City