Sun, 14 Sep 1997 23:03:01 -0700
> From: David Garlitz <GarGar205@AOL.COM>
> Subject: Leaders Misbehaving
> I am the S.P.L. for my Troop, Troop 299 in Lansing,Mi. One of my leaders an
> Asstiant Scoutmaster whom shall remain nameless treats me and the other
> scouts like crap. He makes fun of us calls us names and really picked on my
> brother who left scouts when he turned 18 because he only made it to
> Tenderfoot and he still makes fun of him today by saying things like " don't
> be like that idiot Philip who only made it to Tenderfoot so get your #$@#$
> moving." and theres been time when the Troop was acting bad and he would go
> into a swearing rage of a few minutes. And theres been times when I thought
> he was going to punch a scout.
> The Troop Commitie says the can't do anything because the have no proof he
> does those things. So how should I handle this?? You can respond directly to
> me if you wish.
No proof??? How about your word for it!!?? Sorry, but this makes me
Many adults will respond to things in black and white. I would document
each incident with date and exact wording. Type it up, have the
appropriate Scouts sign it and then present it to the committee.
My real fear is that the committee is a bunch of weenies and is either
afraid of confrontation, or feels that the man is too valuable to lose
for other reasons.
Btw, it would help if you backed up your documentations with written
Scout guidelines, even if only the Scout Law. You might want to copy
some of the letters from this list regarding Scouts being a "safe
Good luck, you shouldn't have to put up with that kind of treatment in
Also - have you ever talked to him about it yourself?
Clare Cheney Zimmermann
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City