Re: Scout, drink,drugs,women
LINDA K CLOSSEN (ZXRA59A@PRODIGY.COM)
Tue, 29 Apr 1997 07:54:09 -0500
I value your comments, so I hope that you can help on this.
I have a Scout in my Troop 13 years old. Been in the Troop for 18
months. Is not even a Tenderfoot. Has no inclination to advance in
rank. Out of 4 meetings a month, he will miss 2. He generally does
not participate in fund raisers. Has become rude and obnoxious. He
lead a group of new Scouts last summer to carve the troop numbers and
their initials in the latrine walls (many, many times). When
questioned about the actions, he found nothing wrong with what he did
because "it was only wood". The camp ranger, his mom (who was at the
outing) and the adult leaders, along with the boys decided that the
boys in question should take a day of work at the camp to repay
their destruction. 8 months later, his (and the other boys also) duty
to the camp is not paid. He decided not to use the latrine to
releaved himself but instead, "Paint" the walls each time he was in
need. My husband caught him in the act after staking out the latrine
after being perplexed as to why when we cleaned it from top to bottom
three times a day, we could hardly breath from the smell.
Last week, he was bragging to the other members of the troop that he
was going to a pot party on the corner by his house with some girl
friends. My son, who is the Troop guide came to me and told me the
story. I called his mom immediately and relayed what was said, so
that she could check it out. She told me she was not surprised. He
was smoking, drinking, disappearing for long periods of time with the
girls down the street and coming home drunk. He had been suspended
from school several times. They had no control over him.
Obviously, he is not living the Scout Oath and Law in his everyday
life. I have a meeting tonight. I need some quick advice. I am
going to speak with this boy. What do I say to help and not hinder.
All of the things he is bragging about are bad for him and we do not
want in our Troop. He is setting a bad example for all of our Scouts.
God only knows what he has done on our outings that I don't know
about. Help me!!!!
Yours in Scouting,
Scoutmaster, Linda K. Clossen
Gerald R. Ford Council
Grand Rapids, Michigan
...I used to be sane...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City