Former Troop 18 SM
James H. McCullars (mccullarsj@EMAIL.UAH.EDU)
Thu, 1 Sep 1994 11:48:20 -0500
Reponding to Bill Hunter (and others):
--> >>>So the real question is why are You leaving. To allow one boy
--> to destroy an entire unit operation indicates an obsession that
--> needs to be put to rest, or a much larger problem with the unit
--> leadership overall.
Having been in a similar position to that which Paul Miles finds himself
in, I can somewhat relate to what he must be going through. I also find it
highly presumptious of some people trying to make him feel like a rat on a
sinking ship for wanting to tender his resignation.
"One boy" is not destroying an entire unit organization. If the events
indeed transpired as Paul related them, then someone at the council level
is pulling strings that reach above even the Council Advancement Committee.
It's one thing for a district committee to be overridden, but to have
"someone" inform a council-level committee that a BOR has been held and a
boy passed, indicates a severe transgression of the rules that are
supposedly in place. It also reeks of a behind-the-scenes power grab that
IMHO has no place in Scouting.
So what recourse do the SM and the committee have? Carry on as if
nothing has happened and chalk it up to "experience"? That's one option,
but think of the effect an experience like this is going to have on the
unit leadership. One the one hand, we teach all these rules of fair play,
but then look at the example that the council is setting. If you don't get
your way, sneak around until you find someone high enough that will rule in
your favor, then initiate a massive cover-up. If I thought those were the
values that *my* council stood for, I'd probably decide it was time for me
to do something else with my "one hour a week" <snicker!> as well.
It sounds to me as if Paul and his committee have done a great deal of
soul-searching, and feel that they must make a stand in the face of some
very ugly goings-on. My sympathies and support are with them.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City