Non-parents as leaders
Carey Probst (HCProbst@AOL.COM)
Wed, 1 Feb 1995 07:04:50 -0500
After an unfortunate experience in our troop several years
ago, I have come to the conclusion that all prospective
leaders should be thoroughly(sp) background checked.
We had a scout earn his eagle, the first Eagle Scout in
the relatively new troop. After he graduated he went to
college locally, lived at home, and rarely missed a troop
meeting or outing. He was one of our Asst. Scoutmasters.
He was great at recruiting boys who really needed scouting,
mostly those from poorer single parent homes. Everyone
thought he was great. The mothers though that he was
a godsend and wonderful example for their sons.
We at the troop leader level all thought that he was chasing
the mothers, since most of them were young and attractive.
Imagine our surprise when he was arrested for attempting to
sodomize one of the scouts at his parents's home. He had
gotten very friendly with the mother and invited the boy to
stay at his parent's one night before they were going someplace
together. This was not a scouting activity, but something that
the youth's mother had agreed to.
The leader's father was awakened by screaming and found the
boy trying to climb out a window while the young leader was
trying to pull off his underwear.
The leader was arrested and fined after a plea bargain. No one
wanted to testify. He was expelled from the troop immediately
and council had his name placed on National's list of undesirables.
All the troop leadership thought this kid was great, and several had
known him since he joined the troop at 11, including his scoutmaster.
then TCC, who was a school psychologist with a PhD who didn't see
I agree with Bob, it's better to risk losing a leader than let in a bad
Carey Probst, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adv. Chr., Troop 16, Saratoga Dist., Twin Rivers Council
SM(retired) Troop 16, Brotherhood OA Member
District Committee, Past Dist. Adv. Chairman
Beaver, NE-II-53, Elk Lick Reservation, 1988, beads 1989
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City