Re: Environmental Science tragedy
E. C. HALE (ARTHALE@EKU.BITNET)
Fri, 22 Jul 1994 16:41:44 -0400
I read with interest your account of "Bob's" stolen Environmental
Science observation notes and report.
I stand with Anne Koppa on this. Give "Bob" credit for what he's
done. It isn't even a close decision in this case! You saw the notes,
read the report, and know what was in them. Find an Environmental Science
counselor and explain the situation to him/her. A seasoned counselor should
have no trouble with this - "Bob" will be questioned, you will verify that
he did the work and the appropriate requirements will be signed-off.
Two principles apply here:
First, A Scout is Trustworthy - The boy's word and your word
must be given credence (absent evidence to the contrary).
Second, In matters where there is doubt - the scout is to
be given the benefit of a doubt.
Finally, all leaders find themselves in the position of having to
take the word of someone else that requirements have been fulfilled. E.g., we
do it every summer camp when we accept the reports of staff that such-and-such
has been completed and we, in turn, submit forms to the council center for
Yours in Scouting,
Carroll Hale (SM T-118) SAINT MARK RICHMOND, KENTUCKY
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City