Larry Hoffman (Ldh1217@AOL.COM)
Thu, 26 Jun 1997 22:38:46 -0400
Been a long time since I posted on the Scouts-l but read it digested
everyday. Still the best source of common sense around. I'd like to wade in
the problem Greg Stuart encountered with the AWOL 17 yr. old scout on the 50
mile hike. Of course, hindsite is smartest thing we folks are blessed with
but looking at the situation as Greg explained it I have to ask 1 question.
Where was his adult leadership support during this problem? Second, I
realize that it's hard to take time out during a stressful moment to counsel
a troubled scout but again I have to ask, "Where were the other adults?" I
am so thankful I have never been visited by a problem like this and am really
not certain how I would respond except that I would certainly expect a large
measure of support and counsel from the other adults present.
I also know that under no circumstance would I ever allow a Scout to leave
camp or the troop to go off on his own not matter the circumstance, even if
it meant rounding up the troop and going with him. Certainly this is a young
man with a little more in his mind than the average 17 year old. All the
more reason to "stick with him" no matter what. We have paid professional
Scouters who would have recieved a call from me at their home or wherever
they were at that moment to let them know of the situation and advise me on
what to do. It has always been my mindset when I was SM and even now as ASM
that when I took Scouts out into the field they were all like my sons. I
would no more allow my son to go off like that than the man in the moon.
Neither would I have allowed this child to go off without adult escort or
Thankfully nothing happened to the boy and it is a shame his parents did
not recognize the deeper problem that exists, whatever it may be. In answer
to Greg's question, what would I have done. With the benefit of hind site I
would have taken time to address the boys plea for help or attention when he
asked. Sometimes all a scout needs is someone to listen when they are ready
to talk. If he still was insistent to the point of disrupting the entire
trip, I think I would have asked a couple of my older boys leaders to help me
work with the scout. Boys can sometimes be as effective problem solvers as
we adults can. I've rambled long enough. Just one mans opinion. Greg. don't
let one troubled youth dampen your scout spirit. Keep fighting the good
fight. You are making a difference in the lives on young men.
Troop 483 - Cypress, TX
". . . and a good ole Antelope, too. Ain't no Bambi's here!!!!!!!!!"
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City