Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sat, 7 Jun 1997 07:19:23 -0400
Willie is the SPL for a Troop and has been doing an outstanding job of
leadership. Most all of the boys look up to him. He's great at
motivating and has a lively sense of humor. At school he is in the Junior
Honor Society and plays on a sports team where he's a captain of the team.
Over your morning coffee you are looking at the local news page and see a
headline that says "Student Expelled Over Mooning Incident." Reading on
you learn that your Willie is that student. Seems that after the game
Willie organized his teammates and when their bus passed by where the
other team was standing along the curb Willie and all his teammates
dropped their shorts and presented the other team with a vista of pressed
hams against the bus windows. The opposing coach called the police and
demanded that they be arrested for lewd and indecent conduct.
A few minutes later you get a phone call from the secretary of the Church
that holds the charter for your Troop. The pastor would like to have a
talk with you, seems the pastor has just seen the newspaper too. Well it
won't do to go unprepared and see what happens, so you are resolved to
think this out and be ready to suggest something to the Institutional
Head (the pastor).
Now the hard part is figuring out just what you want to say. As you mull
this over you realize you have several questions:
1. Does this situation even require you to do anything?
2. How will this impact Willie's leadership roll in the Troop?
3. How is the chartered organization likely to feel about this?
4. What if they demand you kick Willie out of the Troop - how will you
5. You know the pastor will likely want to discuss the future of the Troop
and what Scouting is about in the process. What can you tell him about
the Scouting Movement, its aims, and its goals that will help in deciding
what to do about wayward Willie?
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
Dep.Dist.Commissioner-Training, G.W.Dist., NCAC, BSA (Virginia)
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