Re: Scout Smoking
Tue, 27 Sep 1994 08:54:54 MST
I have had to deal with such issues in the past. My SMA smokes, but he does so
in a quiet and none obtrusive way. He follows the current code of ethics for
My response to parents on this and other issues where they disagree with the
Troop leadership is simply: find another Troop. If you don't like corn
flakes, than don't buy anymore. If the Troop is not providing a good program,
or if in this case, most people do not want their kids around a smoker, the
Troop will fold for a lack of participation.
We will not let the majority suffer for a minority opinion. On the other hand,
if the majority of parents come to me on an important issue to them (e.g. a
leader is smoking in our kids' faces), then I would ask the leader to leave;
and the Troop would survive.
Smoking is a difficult issue, especially today. I've even seen a few counselors
at Scout Camp smoke behind the their building.
All I ask as a Scout Leader is that no smoking occur around the kids, or in the
vehicles. It is well established that "second" smoke is not good for a child's
health, or mine for that matter.
Bill Hunter SM T-99
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City