Re: SCOUTS-L Digest - 28 Nov 1996 to 29 Nov 1996
Pat & Mike Sempsrott (sempsrot@PEGANET.COM)
Sat, 30 Nov 1996 08:24:11 -0500
>From: Mark Arend <arend@PEOPLES.NET>
>Subject: Re: Scout Problems
Okay gang, I can't sit quiet any longer on this subject. I don't want to
come across as being judgemental or unyielding in regards to the Scout
leader who can't take time to help a "problem scout", but I agree
wholeheartedly with Mark and the others who have stated clearly that these
kids are the ones who need us most. Perhaps this kid is using his family
situation as an excuse to get away with unacceptable behavior - but isn't it
more acceptable to spend some time explaining to him that this is
unacceptable, and helping him to channel his energies into acceptable
behavior? Does this mean we don't take time for the kid who has a physical
handicap, because it "takes time away from the healthy boys?
I don't have 20 years of scouting experience, but one method we have used in
our pack, is to have one of the other adult leaders deal with a child we
have problems with - and for my son's den leader the first two years, this
meant she dealt with my son, and I dealt with hers! These aren't bad kids,
just too much energy, and having to share Mom with too many other people!
Obviously this is not the same situation described in the posting, but I
would definitely suggest that if you have trouble dealing with a Scout, get
an ASM or even another parent to take him aside for a moment, and deal with
If there are not any other adults on the campout - WHAT ARE YOU DOING THERE?
Cubs require 2 deep leadership at all times, isn't it the same at the Boy
Scout level? Why not recruit more help - 80 scouts is too many for 2 or 3
adults to supervise effectively in the first place. Also, try to get your
patrol leaders involved in working with this young man. They might even
have some good insights into what the real issues are!
I'll get off my soapbox now, but please, let's find ways to deal with these
kids, too many never get started in Scouting without our throwing away the
ones who need us most.
Southwest Florida Council
"Speaking only for myself, as always"
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City