Bad Breath & Picking up another Troop
Peter Townsend (ptownsen@HYDRA.CS.GMR.COM)
Fri, 19 Sep 1997 16:59:23 -0700
I have had an experience related to both these questions.
The situation was another troop was folding, it had only
about 5-6 boys. One of the boy's father was ASM, and was
known to be a heavy drinker. We welcomed any of the
scouts that wanted to join our troop (3, the others dropped
or went to another troop). After welcoming the boys, I and
another advisor volunteered to talk to the father. We
welcomed him as well and hoped he would remain active, but
we outlined our policy on alcohol. It was very opportune
because he had a strong odor, and we pointed that out to
him. He was welcome on any trip so long as he had not been
drinking beforehand and would not drink for the entire trip.
It was a very amicable discussion, and the boy finished his
career with our troop, but the father decided not to continue.
My advice, welcome the boys and the parents. State your
alcohol policies to the group as a whole. Take anyone aside
for a private talk if appropriate.
Keeping FUN in scOUTING, Pete Townsend email@example.com
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City