Re: your mail
RW Skelton (wvhsrws@BETTERTHAN.NORTHSTAR.K12.AK.US)
Mon, 10 Jun 1996 01:36:20 -0800
On Sun, 9 Jun 1996, Mark Young wrote:
> My question is really this:
> Our Scoutmaster was very unhappy about which boys got voted
> into the OA. His favorite boys didn't get elected.
Are you CERTAIN this is true? That is a pretty heavy accusation
of your Scoutmaster there, Mark. Did you get elected? Also, was he
unhappy because he felt the least deserving got elected, or does he play
favorites? And if he plays favorites, who thinks so? If you are the
only one who thinks so, there may be a misunderstanding between you and
your Scoutmaster. You are 13, right, so make sure that he actually said
> He even told the parent's committee how terrible it was and
> told the parents that he wanted them to influence their boys in the
> election next year. He repeated it in a second parent's meeting.
And how do you know this??? You are not a parent...are you? If
what you say is true, then the Scoutmaster is not doing the right thing
> My question is:
> First, if all the boys on the ballot were qualified, and the boys
> in the troop voted for their choice, is the Scoutmaster supposed to say
> anything. Does he get to criticize the vote?
NO. ABSOLUTELY NOT.
> Second, is the Scoutmaster allowed to tell the parents to influence
> their boys votes?
This is crazy, but no, he isn't. It sounds like your
scoutmaster...is a little out of bounds there.
> Finally, how does it work about the Scoutmaster being sore that
> his favorites didn't get in? What about the feelings of the boys that did
> get in. They are qualified and their peers voted them in, but the Scoutmaster
> won't even congratulate them?
You know, I would suggest a couple things. Talk this over with
your parents, and maybe they can help. The behavior you have described
is inexcusable. Your parents and others have the best chance of
correcting the problem. Maybe it is time for a new troop, I really don't
know what to tell you. I do know that the Scoutmaster should not be
unhappy about the elections, because he had the option of taking names
off the ballot in the first place of boys he felt were not worthy. Some
one, either the scoutmaster or the election team messed up.
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