Re: Wayward Willie
Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@ROCOCO.COLORADO.EDU)
Tue, 10 Jun 1997 17:02:34 -0600
Michael F. Bowman wrote:
> 1. Does this situation even require you to do anything?
Yes, in two ways. The actions of Willie would require a SM Conference
to talk about the proper use of leadership and about what he will do now
that he has been expelled from school. The actions of the IH mean that
you need to meet with him and let him know how you will handle the
> 2. How will this impact Willie's leadership roll in the Troop?
This would depend on Willie's attitude towards the event. It certainly
was a time when he did not show scout spirit, and where he fell down in
representing the group, so it is possible that he will need to step
down. I would probably look to have the PLC decide what an appropriate
penalty would be.
> 3. How is the chartered organization likely to feel about this?
They are likely to be quite upset, especially if the article mentions
(and it probably will) that Willie is a member of Troop such-and-so
sponsored by the Church. He has made them look bad.
> 4. What if they demand you kick Willie out of the Troop - how will you
Since it is a church, I would ask them what ever happened to the idea of
grace and the idea that "he who is without sin should cast the first
stone." I would remind them that this is likely to be a turning point
in this boy's life, and without the positive influence of scouting he
could be lost. In short, I would go to the mat for the boy.
If that didn't work, then I would be forced to kick him out. I would
work with him to try to find a new troop for him, although with the
level of publicity that could be difficult. I might also consider
whether I could comfortably serve in a troop with that attitude or
whether it was time for me to find a new scouting home.
> 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?
That scouting is about developing Character, Fitness, and Citizenship.
These are ideals that are striven for, but that nobody actually meets
all of the time. Willie has made a bad decision and will suffer the
consequences of it, but he still needs these ideals to strive for to get
him back on track.
A major part of scouting is dealing with failures, and showing the boys
that they can live through failures and the consequences of those
failures. That is what Willie needs now.
Hopefully, this would convince the pastor that the situation can be
handled within the troop and that he doesn't need to insist upon further
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