Re: Inactive Life Scout
Richard C. Ickler (icklerr@DELTANET.COM)
Sat, 9 Dec 1995 10:27:14 -0800
>Date: Fri, 8 Dec 1995 20:34:00 CST
>From: Doug Farmer <dougf@SKYPOINT.COM>
>The scout completed Life in November of 1993. He was elected patrol leader
>shortly thereafter and completed his leadership time in June of 1994.
>Except for his attendence at two Eagle Court of Honors, his Eagle project
>presentation and subsequent execution, we have not seen him at any troop
>functions. He has maintained his registration by mailing in dues and
>charter money. He even mailed in one of the two merit badges he still
>needed. (The oher was delivered at home to our advancement chair).
Maybe I'm being simplistic but it seems to me that the problem is that your
troop has been accepting his money and his merit badge work for two years
without seeing him and NOW you are griping about it. How has he gotten
around the requirement for the unit leader to approve him to START working
on merit badges? It sounds like your troop has been enabling him for a year
and a half in hopes that he might come back and now don't want to live with
the consequences. The time to put a stop to it would have been when he
mailed the blue card or dropped it off. You had no obligation to accept it
if he hadn't met the requirement to start working on it.
I hope this doesn't sound too harsh and inflexible. I hope that things work
out but I hope that your troop recognizes their active participation in
creating the situation.
Richard C. Ickler
Scoutmaster, Troop 14
Long Beach, CA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City