Re: Who should go to Scout Camp?
Carol McFadden (McFaddenIII@MSN.COM)
Fri, 9 Aug 1996 00:36:17 UT
On August 6, Cliff Golden wrote:
Chris, you pose a very good question.
I personally hate to give up on a boy. The "problem boys" are the ones
that most need the Scouting program.
Explain the situation from your viewpoint and ask him to explain it from his.
Sincerely listen to what he has to say. There needs to be a real
committment from all parties to work out a successful conclusion to the
I don't believe in the concept of a "bad boy". I believe in the concept
of a "good boy struggling with bad problems". If you can help
the boy identify and overcome his problems, what you are left with is that
good boy. It's often amazing what time and patience can do.
We also have a problem boy in our troop who has been put on probation, sent
home, and prevented from attending one of our wilderness outings, but his
parent always comes to the committee meetings and argues with us about our
disciplinary actions (she doesn't win!). It's sometimes difficult for me to
maintain a neutral position with this boy because of his disregard for
discipline, but I try because I think he's trying, too. Your reply to Chris
will be printed out and posted in my Scouting notebook. Thanks for the
reminder to keep a positive attitude!
Carol McFadden, ASM and wife of the SM
Troop 157, Glenshaw, PA
Home of the "we're gonna win the Super Bowl this year" Steelers!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City