Re: do we expel him?
DAVID GILLHAM (david.gillham@ALMAC.CO.UK)
Sat, 19 Nov 1994 12:06:00 +0100
>Bullying is unacceptable behaviour in any troop. It sounds to me as
>though you would be well rid of this young man.
>Forget his advancement. Forget Boards of Review. Fire him now.
I agree with the sentiments, and probably an eminently practical
solution as well for the well-being of the troop as a whole. But what of
If we accept (U.K. wording) that we are developing the scouts's "mental,
physical and spiritual" wellbeing to "take a constructive place in
society" then I somehow feel that we fail as Scouters when we 'fire' a
John Monahan PROBABLY has no alternative to do as Ian Ford suggests, but
John, ask yourself some questions first.
1. Would the refusal to award Life BoR damage the individual
further (is rejection or fear of it a cause of behavioural problems)?
2. Have you discussed this with you patrol leaders council? What do
3. There are some far-sighted developments in the U.S. with regard
to rigorous outdoor activities being applied to 'delinquent' children
and offenders - are there any methods that could be applied in the scout
troop to assist with the problem?
4. Is there an alternative scout troop, or other local youth
organisation, into which the individual would better fit?
And, finally, if we can't solve this problem what are we doing as an
organisation to resolve future problems? We have Boy Scouts, Girl
Scouts, Sea Scouts, Handicapped Scouts, Church Sposored Scouts - do we
need Delinquent Scouts? Not so daft as it seems if you really think
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City