Re: Problems in Commish land...
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Fri, 12 Aug 1994 22:25:29 -0400
Regarding Bawdy Bill the Carousing Commissioner:
"Extremely Friendly" could mean a lot of different things to different
folks. While I think I'm getting the drift, it might be helpful for our
trusted friends to be a little more specific as to what "Extremely
Friendly" connotes. Has Bawdy Bill been caught "flagrantee delicto" (In
modern parlance - in the very act of . . .)?
Before rushing in to condemn the fellow, I would like to know just a bit
more about what Bill is supposed to have done that constituted this
"Extremely Friendly" behavior. It may well be that he has
enthusiastically supported several of these leaders and that some of the
old hands have misunderstood his enthusiasm. Bill may need an bit of
friendly advice in such a situation on avoiding giving the appearance of
impropriety in his relationships that would be damaging to the programs of
the Boy Scouts of America.
On the other hand, if Bawdy Bill is an apt monaker, then you have quite a
different set of considerations.
As a commissioned leader he is expected to be of good moral character. I
think that almost any set of ethical considerations would find that taking
advantage of a position for self-gain (in this case presumably sexual) to
Article IX, Section 2 of the BSA's Rules and Regulations sets a policy
against any person acting on behalf of the BSA when that person has a
conflicting interest. As a commissioned scouter, he is representing the
BSA in giving units advice. If he has established personal intimate
relations with one or more of the leaders, he now has a personal interest
apart and very different than the BSA. In continuing to give advice to
the unit he would have a prohibited conflict of interest that in my
opinion would be sufficient to decommission him and remove him from any
position of trust. If he is using his position for his own purposes; e.g.
sexual liaisons, then he is no longer advancing the purposes of Scouting.
That's a big "if" of course. We can't afford to have folks out there
using their positions for personal agendas, especially when the results
can be devastating. What is going to happen a bit farther down the road,
when he is sued in public over paternity by a disappointed concubine?
What kind of press do you think will happen when a quick-witted reporter
finds that Bawdy Bill has been doing this all over the place?
Yours in Scouting, Michael F. Bowman, a/k/a Professor Beaver
Deputy District Commissioner Exploring, GW Dist., NCAC, BSA
Speaking only for myself, but with Scouting Spirit . . .
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