Re: Homesick - with a sting in the tail !
Bob Sargeant (SARGEANT@CUA.EDU)
Tue, 9 Aug 1994 23:20:10 -0400
I agree totally with your approach in dealing with the scouts who felt
that the scout whose dad was dying. I feel that they have every right to
know that there is a good reason for the boy's actions. Your actions told
them that you were aware and judged it an appropriate behavior. Your willingnes
to talk about it later showed your concern for their feelings and that you
respected their maturity.
You didn't address the issue of the boy and his feelings. At a point like
this, it is important that someone counsel the boy concerning this feelings.
An adult, probably yourself needs to show support for the boy. I don't think
that I would let him know that I already know, but just that I noticed that
something was bothering him. Then let him "spill his gut". Let him do all
the talking. He will appreciate the listening hear for the rest of his life.
Yours in scouting, Bob Sargeant, Dist Commissioner, GW Dist NCAC, BSA. Opinions
are mine, but in the Scouting Spirit. The old fox, Sargeant@cua.edu.
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