Re: Problems in Commish land...A Few More Thoughts
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Fri, 12 Aug 1994 23:01:04 -0400
Aside from the bad press and loss of public confidence in the quality of
BSA leadership that could result from this individual's selfish acts of
irresponsibility, the individual leaders may well later decide that his
"servicing" procedures warrant legal action. Depending upon the
jurisdiction the acts may present a variety of opportunities to initiate
private lawsuits for damages.
What the hypothetical situation suggests to me is that we need to adopt a
position similar to many professional organizations on this issue. I
think we're all aware that it is considered unethical for a doctor,
counselor, etc. to have sexual liaisons with a client. Similarly, we
might be well advised to follow the example and make it clear that our
commissioned leadership is required to exhibit ethical conduct and that
sexual liaisons with served scouters is by definition unethical and
grounds for dismissal.
We are here for the purpose of serving the Scouts in our units and
providing them opportunities to grow in positive ways as evinced by the
purposes of Scouting and the various Scout promises, oaths, and laws. It
is important, as a result, that we set the best example possible. Taking
advantage of other people whether financially, sexually, or otherwise is
clearly the wrong example.
Now that Bawdy Bill the Carousing Commissioner has been found guilty of
crimes of moral turpitude by virtue of inuendo . . . We at the same time
must be careful not to jump the gun, because charges of this nature will
absolutely adversely alter Bill's life, perhaps his career and most
probably his family life. Before acting, I think we had better get the
facts straight. And as they say, "let the chips fall where they may."
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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