An SPL Needs Advice
Brynte Johnson (brynte_johnson@MAILLINK.BERKELEY.EDU)
Thu, 16 Nov 1995 16:08:16 -0800
Dear Scouters - I am submitting the following on behalf of my son, who is
dealing with a frustrating situation. He has asked me not to personally
intervene because a) he's afraid of "running to Daddy", and b) as I am the
very recently retired Committee Chair, he's afraid of appearing to overreact
(hitting a fly with a 2x4). He really wants to handle this himself if he can.
The following in quotes is his text; please reply either to me directly or
the list. We both thank you all for your help.
"Hello, I am a 15 year old SPL. My problem resides in two places. The first
is a 12-year old scout in my troop, who refuses to behave. This is
frustrating because a) he is a royal pain in..., and b) he showed tremendous
leadership potential this summer when he was put in that position. The other
problem (and maybe the worse of the two) is my scoutmaster. On several
occasions I have tried to remove the scout from the meeting to get rid of his
disruptiveness. He's been sent outside, and I tried to send him home, but my
scoutmaster stopped me telling me that it wasn't necessary. My scoutmaster
refuses to let me take care of the discipline problem, but won't take care of
it himself. He also leaves the situation to me until I'm struggling then
decides to intervene, but when he does he is detrimental to the meeting, and
the scout doesn't get disciplined, which only tells him to keep on going the
way he was. I have two questions: first, what do I do about the boy and the
scoutmaster; and second, where does the line of boy-run end, and when does
the scoutmaster intervene?"
ex-CC Troop 803, Danville, CA
"I used to be a MIGHTY bear.."
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