Troop 18 Update
Paul Miles (SARASPA@AOL.COM)
Sun, 23 Oct 1994 12:00:31 -0400
Now that I am back on the list I can relate whats been happenin' in this
seemingly never ending incident. For those not aware of this situation,
please read the late Aug-earlySept of Scouts-l. There is more to it, but in a
nutshell, I am a SM who is appealing the submission of an Eagle application
Troop 18 is making a good effort to regroup after/during this problem. Many
parents have expressed an interest to help. District came to us and provided
a training night for prospective new leaders. Handouts, videos, the whole
show. We have some promising people coming onboard.
Our attendance at meetings has been low, < 50%, due to parents not wanting to
get involved with our Eagle candidate, and his parents ( The TRIO). The
chartering organization had sent them a letter in early Sept. stating that
they are not welcome and should seek another troop. They however, continue to
come to the meetings with Dad sitting in a corner and glowering at everyone
he preceives to be not on his side and the boy wearing his Eagle . Very
disruptive. Parents won't commit to helping until he is no longer there.
Since the letter was not enough, the CO (a vol. fire dept.) met and the full
membership voted to angain inform the TRIO that they are not welcome, only
this time through their attorney, and if they show, they will be considered
trespassers. The show-down is Thursday night. Once they are gone, the
re-birth of Troop 18 will continue.
The boys are doing their best, they did miss the fall Camporee, they were
able to attend during the day on Saturday. They have an overnight planned
this coming week-end, they are building a signal tower and will later work on
our continuing Adopt-a Road service project. Boys being boys, they seem to
have a good sense of what is right and are doing their best. I am VERY proud
of them. They, inspite of us parents, will make this scouting year a success.
I am SM in name only until such time as a replacement can be found. I do not
attend meetings but do try and help the new adult leaders and the troop as
much as possible. I had previously noted that I and members of the committee
were in fear of attacks of a personal nature that could have serious affects
on our personal lives. These fears, I found out were not unfounded. I work
for a state gov. agency and have used my work computer for access to scouts-l
and personal E-mail to people on the list. I also have used my work phone for
scout related calls. The father of the eagle candidate was boasting various
people in the District that he was coming after me. He was unable to be
pursaded not to. He filed complaints about my misuse of state resources and
notified everyone from the Govenor, his elected rep., my commissioner and
personel department. I have had to appear at an interogation (with my lawyer,
and union rep) and answer questions regarding my computer/E-mail use and
explain my phone usage. I answered truthfully and tried to explain the
circumstances while admitting that I was wrong to do the things I did. The
case has been escalated to a disciplinary action and I will need to go to a
hearing. As I understand it, I will luck out and get to keep my job in
exchange for a letter of reprimand and a fine of $1,000 - $2,000. Others have
also been affected. A parent called the council office to complain about the
father sitting in meetings and staring at the scouts, he was called back
shortly by the father and told ...I got Miles in trouble at work and you
could be next... A former committee man's son has searched and questioned
regarding drugs at school, based upon anonymous tips. These episodes appear
to be unfounded knowing the boy and his family.
One good thing that came about as a result of my previous posting and your
responses was that someone who sat on the Secret BoR was informed of our
troubles ... kind of like a troop near you is having problems.. when he read
the E-mail he realized that he sat on the Bor. He investigated and realized
his error and has changed his vote to a negative. His letter doing so has
been forwarded to national.
So thats where we are. We are trying to make a go of it and I'm sure we will
succeed. I miss the activity and working with the boys even though it was
"only one night a week".
Thanks for your support these past months. Your kind words and phone calls
make me feel proud to be associated with you all.
Paul Miles, SM Troop 18
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