Re: Scouter Leaders' Liability
Mark Arend (arend@PEOPLES.NET)
Wed, 12 Jun 1996 19:03:15 -0500
>I am a rather new ASM in a troop, and we are going to summer camp in a
>couple of weeks. We have one scout that has some emotional problems, and I
>am concernec about taking him to camp with us. During the spring camporee
in April he tried ti run away from us. I told me he hated scouts
>and was going to quit. Well, he has not been to a single scout meeting since
>then, and I assumed he had quit (hoping).
>Tonight, he shows up, with his negative attitude, wanting to know about
Have you spoken with the parents? I would have sat down with them after the
First, your committee should get together, or at least you, the SM & the CC.
When you speak with the parents you should present a united front.
Find out WHY the boy has such a bad attitude. Did he have a bad time that
weekend or a fight with one of the other boys, or does the problem go deeper
(from what you said I suspect it does). Perhaps Scouting is not the right
program for him. If he goes to camp like this he'll have a bad time and so
will everybody who has to work with him. If he chooses not to go refund
whatever he paid; even if the Troop can't get a full refund from the Council
it'll be worth it.
If he does go both boy and parents should understand that if the attitude
doesn't improve or he causes problems they will have to pick him up immediately.
Sorry I can't advise on the liability angle. Good luck with a sticky problem.
Mark W. Arend
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