Who Has Authority to Drop Scouts
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Thu, 15 Jun 1995 23:02:16 -0400
You are right that only BSA has the authority to drop a Scout once he is
registered. However, a unit can drop the Scout from the unit roster. At
this point the Scout is still registered and can still work on merit
badges, etc. It does get a little difficult though as a practical matter.
But if the Scout is still interested, he might find this a way to bridge
the gap while looking for a different unit. I had a couple of Scouts in a
provisional Troop at a Camp that had been dropped by their units (very
strict attendance rules). They were still very interested, but had
conflicts. Summer camp rekindled their enthusiasm and they moved on to
more accepting units.
At recharter time, an inactive Scout need not be re-registered. This is
the only time that a unit in fact drops a boy.
For those who have been discussing great attendance policies - remember
that while attendance is important for a boy to be exposed to the
opportunities of the Scouting program and certainly makes it easier for
the unit, it is not the objective of the program. Some Scouts are going
to have conflicts, problems at home, a sports season, etc. Let's not make
them have to choose. We all may well lose. If you must have an
attendance policy make sure that it is well salted with a lot of care and
understanding in practice. If a Scout is not attending regularly, ask
why. You may find that there is a problem that the Scout is facing where
a little help is welcome. Maybe its as simple as shifting the Scout to a
new patrol or allowing that the Scout's parents are shipping him off for
the summer to live with Grandparents. Scouting and attendance are not an
end in themselves, merely methods to help the boys develop character,
citizenship and fitness. It may be that the Scout is doing one or more of
these things in other activities too and that a little creativity can be
used to integrate the experiences so that the Scout sees the relation.
Easier said than done? Yep. Its easy to make a rule. Hard to help a boy
grow. We all get tired of Congress trying to legislate a fix for every
problem - hamstringing us in the process. Lets not do the same to the
Scouts. Use rules sparingly and you'll find they are easier to live with
and more effective.
Well I see I've been on the soapbox again from the accumulating suds
around the PC, so I'd better stop. :-)
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
Prof. Beaver, Nat. Capital Area Council, BSA mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City