Re: trouble w/ untrustworthy scout
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sat, 24 Aug 1996 20:20:44 -0400
The parent's reaction is understandable in wanting to pull their boy out
of the Troop as punishment for dishonest conduct, but also a bit like
throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Certainly his behavior leaves
much to be desired and he needs to make restitution to the victims of his
con scheme. But to take him away from what may be the only positive
influence on his life is not the answer. What to do?
Lets take a look at what you have. This boy has imagination and pluck.
He is creative. He can be motivated by short term goals, if interested.
That isn't too bad - you have something to work with. What is he
interested in doing? What would he like to be able to do? In other words
what would work as a carrot to captivate his attention short and long term?
To answer this means getting to know the boy as much as you can.
If you can find things that he is interested in doing then you can help
him get there and along the way work on reshaping character as long as he
understands the ground rules.
Does he have leadership qualities? (Forget for a moment whether good or bad)
Can you get him interested in doing some leadership task? Could he be
put in charge of a service project as a way of redemonstrating a desire
to live by the Scout law? You'll notice that I'm asking a lot of
questions, because it is hard to predict what is right for this fellow
without knowing more. So pardon me if I brainstorm a bit more.
What would happen if he were put in charge of a service project that
involved say collecting donated books for distribution to inmates in the
county jail for reading and also in charge of passing out the books? He
would for sure get to see where his current path/conduct will lead -
might be food for thought.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
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