Utilizing a resource/drugs and drinking
Vince Scanio (vinscout@ATLAS.AXIOM.NET)
Thu, 1 Feb 1996 20:11:57 +0000
Let's say someone with children about the age of your teenagers just
told you that a number of boys in your troop have been using
marijuana or drinking beer at non-Scouting "social events."
Let's suppose you were also told that the father of one of the boys
knew his sophomore son was having a keg party in the country, didn't
stop it, but was good enough to warn the kids not to drive drunk.
Let's suppose that same dad is a registered adult with the troop.
Now to make it a bit more, uh, interesting, let's suppose you weren't
told directly by the parent I first mentioned, but heard it from
someone she told. And the first parent heard it from her kids.
So, utilizing the great resource of the folks on Scouts-L, I pose
this topic for discussion. Some possibilities: do nothing and hope
no "pollution" of the other Scouts takes place; confront the Scouts
at a Scoutmaster's conference; have a talk with the parents; have a
discussion at a troop meeting; promulgate troop committee policy
statements on use and possession of drugs and alcohol at Scout
functions (and elsewhere?) and the consequences. (I assume we all
know BSA policy is quite clear about the unacceptability of drugs and
alcohol on Scout property or at adult/youth mixed gatherings.)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City