Re: Physically/Sexually Abused Scouts
Steven Tobin (stobin@MMMPCC.ORG)
Sun, 20 Apr 1997 00:00:48 -0600
> Scoutmaster, Linda K. Clossen
> Troop 135
> Gerald R. Ford Council
> Grand Rapids, Michigan
> ...I used to be sane...
I would like to offer a couple of suggestions that might help you proceed and
make a decision on this.
I would suggest you interview the boys and find out what they are like.
Explain what scouting is, and find out if they really want to become scouts.
You can then make a decision based on the results. Membership could be offered
on a trial basis, with an ongoing evalution in effect. Discuss with the youth
home the possibility of providing some background or training for your adult
leaders in the area of abused youth. They could (should) provide at least one
adult to oversee the process and help the troop, at least at first.
I would hesitate to exclude anyone without a fair trial. Especially if the
boys want to become scouts. Try to be as open as possible, considering, as
troubled youth react in _many_ different ways to a given situation. The fact
that these boys are receiving counseling may have a positive effect, also.
The mistake with the first 3 boys may have been in allowing the situation to
continue so long. Every troop should have a behavior/discipline policy in
effect to limit the damage and problems caused by problem youth.
Steve Tobin, SM Troop 39
Cannon Falls, MN Gamehaven Council
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