Documenting good/bad "scout spirit"
Win Quakenbush (quakenb@CAMEL.CAMPBELL.EDU)
Sat, 20 Sep 1997 08:16:26 -0400
Hello, the list!
As a boy moves through Scouting, one area the Scoutmaster has to sign off
on over and over is "shows Scout spirit". In some cases, I suppose that
this is taken to be a "given" (as long as the boy hasn't been convicted of
a felony). In other cases, I know that the Scoutmaster execises his
prerogative in this area to prevent advancement until the boy "comes
Now, I'm sure that some of you have had a problem with a Scout in January.
Then, in March, when he comes up for advancement, he has no memory of the
situation. You bring it up as an example of "lack of Scout spirit", and
the next thing you know, the parents are on the phone. Etc., etc.
Question - have any of you developed a form to say "Johnny, setting fire
to the Scout hut and stabbing the ASM shows a lack of scout spirit. The
appropriate remedy is ...". Of course, the ideal would be to use the same
form for an "ATTABOY". This would prevent any surprises down the road.
(I know this posting will seem stupid to some of you old-timers, but in
this age of litigation and hair-trigger parents, I just thought I'd ask.)
Win Quakenbush Scoutmaster
Troop 794 Buies Creek, NC
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City