Re: do we expel him?
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Fri, 18 Nov 1994 19:21:21 -0500
>Our troop has a young man ready to have his LIFE BoR and the troop
>leadership is wrestling with the behavior he has been exhibiting for
>several months now.
>Here is the problem, this Scout can and has shown true leadership in the
>troop and has been generally a good member of the troop. Our problem
>is he has been exhibiting more frequent and more outragous behavior
>since summer. He has had a history of outbursts and general disruptive
>behavior but for nearly a year has been on "the fast track" having
>completed the requirements for 3 rank advancements during this time.
Many others have given advice on this issue. I generally agree with nearly
all of it and will not repeat it.
However, only one other writer touched on something I think is important.
You state that this youth's behavior has been changing Summer. It is also
implied that this youth has exhibited acceptable behavior and may not have
been a problem in the past.
I do not know the entire situation, only what you have said, but have you
considered there _may_ be reasons for this behavior. I _do not_ excuse or
condone it. He should be sternly warned this is unacceptable, immediately
(or sooner!) and if it continues be expelled for the good of the program.
However, based upon what you said, this behavior seems to be
uncharacteristic of the youth. I would suggest you (or the SM) talk to him
and find out what's "eating him". This may only be a symptom of a much
This behaviour is unacceptable and not to be tolerated, however we should
not ignore a rather obvious sign of another problem.
John E. Pannell
ASM Troop 39 -- Old North State Council
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