Re: Leaders Misbehaving
Robert Benn Vincent, Sr. (rbvincent@LINKNET.NET)
Mon, 15 Sep 1997 11:47:29 -0500
David Garlitz wrote:
> >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
> >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
> >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.
I am a council commissioner; what you have written is serious. Please
be sure that you are accurate, because a lot of people can be hurt
through exaggeration. BSA policy is tilted to favor youth over adults
in matters such as this. If you have gone to the troop committee and
gotten nowhere, I would contact the unit commissioner. I am not
prejudging your impressions of the situation, but this *could* be (I
said, could be, not is) child abuse. If that is the case, then you need
to write down the incidents with time, place and who else was involved.
If possible, you need to get some other people (youth are fine.) to
verify your accounts. Write down their names and deliver your report to
the Scout Executive for your council. (Mark the envelope "personal and
confidential") Ask to meet with him. I can assure you that he will
respond immediately. BSA scout executives are required to file
information about child molesters and abusers with the National office.
Were this man to fly off the handle and punch a scout, the members of
the Troop Committee wouldn't fare well when it came out in civil court
that the SPL had brought information to them, and they did nothing.
Yours in Scouting,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City