Re: your mail
Michael Cooper (mcooper@MCOOPER.SEANET.COM)
Wed, 30 Oct 1996 10:54:12 -0800
> We had a boy that took a wet tent home but never got it out of the bag
> and let it dry out. So then last weekend we went camping and found a
> moldy tent. So we started to debate if the boy would have to by us a new
> tent. But the scout master just wants us to clean it up and keep useing
> it with out the boy paying for nothing, as if it was just forgotten.
> What do other people feel about this madder??????
> Matt Weber (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I think you should talk to your Scoutmaster and try to understand why
he has taken this course. He may know something about the situtation
and boy that makes him feel this is the best action to take for the boy
and the troop. Sometimes when you have more information about a
situtation it is easier to understand. One question to ask is the cost
to the boy and the troop, of demanding the boy replace the tent, really
worth a tent? How does this situtation effect the troop and the boy?
What is your expected outcome for both? Is it still worth the $$ for a
tent? Sometimes, the money will be unimportant when all is considered
as to what the boy has already paid in embarassment, ownership to the
problem, etc. Talk to the Scoutmaster, the boy may have already paid a
high price for his mistake.
Just a different way to approach this. Money doesn't always solve
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