Re: Withholding info/Scout's poor behavior
Timothy O'Leary (tjo@IMSNET.NET)
Tue, 19 Aug 1997 16:23:06 -0400
I appreciate Mike Bowman's comments on the liability issues, but would
caution all to realize that every state is different....
More importantly, the liability issues are _always_ secondary.
Liability results (at least in theory) from a failure to exercize a duty
- in this case, to each and every Scout. As leaders, we must try to do
the "right" thing. If a Scout's behavior is disruptive or destruction,
we proobably have to get that Scout "out of there" because it is seldom
that we can exercise sufficient supervision to keep him from hurting
himself or someone else. For the ADHD Scouts with impulsive and
disruptive behavior, I suggest that you require the parents to become
involved in the program and to be present at every activity. Have
enough adult leadership that you can do without them if they need to get
a son home. Keep them working with some other Scouts, or at least out
of sight, whenever possible - so they don't disrupt the program. Some
of these Scouts only "act out" when parents are present. And when the
situation threatens to get out of control - get the parent in and, if
necessary, the boy out.
AS Troop Committee Chair I advised one parent not to send a boy to
summer camp this year, because I did not believe we had enough adults
going along to keep this very bright ADD boy out of trouble. It made me
very sad to do so, and may well have been a mistake. Nevertheless, I
don't regret the aciton, because had he gotten lost or hurt, I would
have failed to exercise good judgement.
I suggest that one should always err on the side of physical protection
for all the boys.
Tim O'Leary (MD), CC Troop 772, Post 769, WDL Pack 1072.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City