One man's garbage is another man's...
James H. McCullars (mccullarsj@EMAIL.UAH.EDU)
Sat, 14 May 1994 00:38:59 -0500
Replying to Rick Busdiecker <rfb@LEHMAN.COM>:
--> Did you read the decision in the Mt. Diablo case? By my reading,
--> quite a few Scouters testified under oath that someone who teaches
--> otherwise is not acceptable as a Scouter. Based on the testimony
It sounds to me like quite a few Scouters need to go back through
Scoutmastership Fundamentals, and learn about counseling Scouts. One of
the big no-no's is try try to give advice, or be (if you will forgive me
for being quaint) "preachy".
--> described in the court decision, I don't believe that it would be
--> possible for an Acceptable Scouter to behave responsibly if approached
--> by a 14-year-old Scout in the process of realizing that he's gay.
I think that an Acceptable Scouter has the potential to behave quite
responsibly, unless they choose to go off the deep end. I can identify
with this one, because I once *was* approached in a similar manner. It
wasn't by a boy in my troop; rather; it was a boy in another troop who
I originally knew through computer bulletin boards (I run one for my
employer, a state university). However, I treated it like it was a boy
in my troop, just getting him to talk about it, and help him try and
figure out how he felt.
But I can assure you, Rick, that while I certainly did not express
approval for what he thought were homosexual tendencies (I recall that he
might have been younger than 14 at the time), I did not in any way make him
feel "dirty" for having those feelings.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City