Re: do we expel him?
Robert Drueckhammer (Drueck@AOL.COM)
Sat, 19 Nov 1994 02:25:14 -0500
As a District Executive for the Ventura County Council, BSA, I would STRONGLY
suggest that you hold a conference between this scout and his parents and
outline the rules for acceptable behavior during scouting functions. As an
adult leader, you need to be especially aware that FIREWORKS OF ANY TYPE ARE
NOT PERMITTED ON ANY BSA FUNCTIONS, and that paintball guns are likewise
prohibited (souce: Boy Scouts of America Guide to Safe Scouting, 1994
edition). If a boy is on a scouting function and is injured using any
unauthorized items or injures someone else, you need to be aware that you MAY
be placing yourself and other adult leaders at the meeting or outing in
jeopardy of having all liability placed upon yourself and your unit as the
Boy Scout liability insurance policy may not cover your unit in a case where
a boy does something that is against the rules that you could have prevented.
I WOULD NOT EXPEL THIS BOY immediately-- instead I would sit down with him
and draw up a contract for behavior. A good resource for your situation
would also be pages 162-165 of the newest (1990) edition of the Scoutmaster's
Handbook. In particular, regarding the hazing incidents, the book says:
"Hazing has no place in scouting. Nor does running the gauntlet, belt lines,
or similar physical punishment. Be alert to the desire of older scouts to
'initiate' younger ones into the troop through hazing and direct their
efforts into meaningful activities."
In particular, I would strongly suggest that you try to place this boy in a
position of strong responsibility over younger boys (such as making him in
charge of seeing that all boys get their first class within a year, etc.)
Perhaps this type of responsibility would encourage the scout to change his
Good luck! I realize that this is a tough situation, but you CAN make a
difference in this boy's life. There has to be a reason as to why the boy is
doing this-- don't take the quick way out. Find out what is bothering the
scout and help him through his troubles.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City