Ronald W. Fox (ronfox@MINDSPRING.COM)
Sun, 6 Apr 1997 21:07:01 -0400
O.K. I've got a brand new Troop. We first started meeting in February.
We have two Scouts that are highly disruptive. One is ADHD, and it's not
clear that he's getting his medication regularly. His dad is signed up
as an ASM, and is taking Boy Scout Leader Fundamentals so that he can
more fully participate. But if Dad's not at the meeting, this Scout gets
out of control.
The other Scout has got domestic problems. Dad took off about a year ago,
after stuffing the bank account in his pocket. This kid has got more
anger than most adults could deal with. He deals with it by determining
what the group's goal is, and then doing what he can to frustrate it.
When called on it he says he was just kidding, or that someone hit him.
He then says that everyone hates him. Most of the other Scouts are
upset with him, due to his actions. I've talked to this Scout until
I'm blue in the face, trying to get him to look at this situation from
all angles, trying to make him see that he could have a good time if
he'd just not act against what everyone else wants to do.
It's gotten to the point that the other Scouts are starting to complain
to their parents that they can't get things done because Mr. Fox spends
lots of time dealing with these two. What do I do?
Scoutmaster, Troop 69, Des Plaines Valley Council (W&SW Chicago Suburbs)
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