Kim Moye (kmoye@SPDMAIL.SPD.DSCCC.COM)
Mon, 21 Jul 1997 12:32:20 -0500
I think that the scoutmaster should with hold his signature if the boy is
lacking in scout spirit. I also agree that the boy should be made aware
of this issue as soon as possible and not find it out necessarily during
a scoutmaster conference.
There is one boy in my son's troop (there's always one!). He made recently
made Tenderfoot. He complains about helping at camp outs, refuses to
help with the gear and is just a whiner. I have heard this from several
sources, not just my son.
Due to the older boys getting ready for Philmont, CJ was a patrol leader
for his last campout. He had this boy in his patrol. I told CJ that if
the other guys had not got it thru to this kid, CJ was not going to convince
him on one campout. I told CJ to be fair and give him the benefit of the
doubt. Find out what he needed for advancement and offer to help him get
those done. If the boy did not do his share, CJ should take on his job(s)
and let the adults know discreetly later about it.
At the campout, this boy was his typical self. I heard good things about
CJ. CJ did inform one of the adults about the boy not wanting to do his
share of the work. The boy did the least amount he could. CJ got "in
trouble" because this kid left food out. I asked CJ how he felt about it.
His reply amazed me. Although the one boy was at fault, CJ said since he
was patrol leader, it was his responsibility to make sure everything was okay.
When I asked him if he wanted to be patrol leader again, he said only if he
didn't have to deal with this kid!
I told CJ that from second class on, everyone is graded on scout spirit and
this boy's action would probably hold him back.
I was asked to sit on his board of review for Tenderfoot, but disqualified
myself...I don't think I can be objective until he changes his ways.
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