Re: Wayward Willie
Jonah Triebwasser (jonaht@JUNO.COM)
Sat, 7 Jun 1997 16:42:45 EDT
Michael - my suggestions are below:
On Sat, 7 Jun 1997 07:19:23 -0400 "Michael F. Bowman"
>Willie is the SPL for a Troop and has been doing an outstanding job
"Student Expelled Over Mooning Incident."
>A few minutes later you get a phone call from the secretary of the
>that holds the charter for your Troop. The pastor would like to have
>talk with you,
>1. Does this situation even require you to do anything?
Not unless the pastor insists that Willie be drummed out of the Troop.
What he did, regrettable though it was, was not done on a Scout event,
appears to be a youthful aberration or indiscretion, out of character for
this boy, for which, I hope, Willie is now deeply remorseful.
>2. How will this impact Willie's leadership roll in the Troop?
See above. Maybe Willie ought to relate his story to the Troop and tell
how sorry he is. It would be a good lesson for others.
>3. How is the chartered organization likely to feel about this?
Some will be understanding and others may not.
>4. What if they demand you kick Willie out of the Troop - how will
My answer would be no. If he is otherwise a good boy and good Scout, this
one incident (which I think the opposing coach has blow out of all
proportion to have the boys arrested and expelled) should not ruin his
life forever. Certainly, Willie needs some disciplinary action taken, but
a suspension from school with an apology to the opposing team should have
>5. You know the pastor will likely want to discuss the future of the
> and what Scouting is about in the process. What can you tell him
> the Scouting Movement, its aims, and its goals that will help in
> what to do about wayward Willie?
Tell him that Scouting can help Willie restore his reputation.
YiS, Jonah Triebwasser, Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 128
Boy Scouts of America Rhinebeck, New York, US of A
I used to be an Eagle; NEII-83
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