Re: Scout Problems
Alan Jones (ALAN@SCOUTNET.NET.AU)
Thu, 28 Nov 1996 18:46:44 +1000
> I am a Scout Leader. Plain and simple. I am not a nurse maid, a
>Doctor, or a shrink (I can't spell Psycologist). I do not have the time to
>spend with just one boy while the others go un-attended. With between
>30 and 80 boys on a campout or at a meeting, I refuse to baby sit some
>problem child. It is hard enough to teach the boys with out having to be
>a prison guard.
I am flabbergasted, utterly and totally floored, I thought Scouting was
aimed to promote friendship, understanding and brotherhood.
To be honest a leader like this in my Group would be an ex-leader - the
rest of the message describes a situation I work with ALL the time, it is
time to promote the kids self esteem and self value - after all is that not
what Scouting is about? The Group I am involved in has a rate of 1 in 10
kids come from a stable home environment, in my years as a scouter I have
dealt with kids like this - one in particular has risen above his
situation, and with the self worth we (hopefully) helped him develop, saw
him attend college and is a highly respected computer programmer.
This kid was worse than the situation illustrated - but we put up with him,
didn't kick him out, and slowly he developed.
Oh yeah the kid got his Queens Scout (an Eagle) - if he'd been in the troop
discussed - he'd be out.
Sorry, this really gets to me, some kids just need a lot of understanding.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City