Re: Behavior away from home.
Cliff Golden (C60DJK1@MVS.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Fri, 3 Feb 1995 20:18:00 CST
I've read some real horror stories on the other postings. These
incidents really hurt the rest of us and the Scouting name.
We have had so many positive incidents of people being uncommonly
good to us merely because we are Scouts. We've always tried to
maintain that good image. It's like leaving a courtesy pile of
firewood as you leave a campsite. You're leaving something behind
for the group that follows.
It sounds as if some troops have been leaving behind some very bad
feelings due to disruptive behavior and some real negligance on the
part of adult leaders.
Rules of conduct are spelled out on tour permits used by troops.
Very few places ever ask to see a tour permit. Council addresses
are listed on the tour permit and improper behavior on the part of
a troop is supposed to be reported back to their home council for
appropriate action. That's the theory, the reality is that never
I think these horror stories should be told during training as an
example of what not to do, what the consequences are for the adults
in charge, and its negative effects on Scouting as a whole.
It's a matter of common sense and decency, that shouldn't have to be
spelled out to leaders. Many of these leaders, I would suspect, are
probably untrained to begin with. If you see situations occur that
are unscoutlike, talk to the leaders about it. Find out what their
home council is, explain to them the problem. If that doesn't help
then report them. Maybe you should report them anyway.
If Scouts know and understand the Oath and Law, and the leaders hold
the boys accountable to those ideals, there wouldn't be any of these
problems taking place.
I don't know the answer. The world isn't a perfect place. We can
only do our best to build on the good name of Scouting and teach our
boys to do likewise.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33
DeKalb, IL Three Fires Council BSA
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