Re: What I did on my Summer Vacation
Jay M. Thal (Jay_M._Thal@HUD.GOV)
Wed, 19 Jul 1995 14:08:36 EST
You were correct in your actions. But, I agree with Pete
Farnham and raise it a notch.
One of our most important functions is to assure the health
and safety of the Scouts. What you described verges on, if
steps over the line of, abuse. There must be a "Zero
Tolerance" policy on abuse, not just "don't conduct yourself
Yes, inform your DE. Inform your (former) Troop Committee,
Sponsoring Organization, and parents of the boys told to
"take that hill". But, if I'm not mistaken, Broad Creek is
a Council Camp, operating under Council authority and
policies. The Council needs to know at the same time. As
noted, secure your corroberating witnesses, dates, times,
The pushups rule is bad enough, but in my opinion the SM committed an
actionable offense when he forbade swimming as punishment in violation
of camp policy that all boys were to take a swim for health and safety
My Scoutmasters were products of the military. They came
back from WW II and they taught us to drill, and we worked
on physical fitness (and I dare say much of the military
support BSA received was keyed to future recruitment hopes),
but they taught citizenship and responsibility having seen
too much brutality.
Jay Thal, ASM
Troop 666, Banneker Dist., NCAC
Do think about the boys left behind.
There really is no excuse for this at all. You and your son
undoubtedly will be better off personally in another troop, but what
about the boys left behind, who will continue to suffer under the
tender mercies of this sadist? I would get corroborating witnesses
lined up, and discuss the entire matter with your DE. This is a very
serious matter, in my opinion, and someting ought to be done about it.
I'd be interested in what any DEs participating in this forum think
about the matter.
I am now on-line at home. Anyone wishing to correspond with me
electronically should contact me at "firstname.lastname@example.org". I'm
switching to the digest mode for scouts-l at the office.
SM, Troop 113
GW District, NCAC
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