Removing a leader
Patrick J Heller (t123sm@JUNO.COM)
Thu, 2 Oct 1997 01:05:17 -0400
Need some advice. Here's the scenario:
A local Troop took on a leader who they knew, at the time of application,
is mentally challenged and has physical limitations. No further medical
information was provided to the unit, other than the leader is a
hemophiliac. The new leader was worked into the program, assisting
with the program and materials.
When that Troop was preparing to go to Summer Camp, the leader
was handed a medical form, to be completed by his doctor and returned
before he could go to summer camp, as is standard policy. The doctor
returned an opinion of no camping due to his limitations, but that wasn't
The leader is HIV +, and has been for several years. He knew he was
HIV + when he applied to become a leader, but did not disclose it, even
when asked about any medical problems at the time of application, which
is when he had disclosed that he is a hemophiliac.
Needless to say, the HIV +/Hemophiliac combo had the leaders very
concerned. There are several parents on their committee, and when
they found out ( due to discussion as to how to handle this ), they went
ballistic, to say the least. Those parents are now threatening to
pull their kids from the Troop if the leader doesn't leave.
The Troop called Council to find out what policy is, and were told that
isn't one...... and that the Troop would have to abide by what the
wants. Not satisfied by the answer, they called the Council Executive,
them the same exact thing. In other words, there is no support from
on this issue.
The Troop then went to the sponsor and asked " What do we do? ". The
head of the sponsoring organization said to remove him, no matter what.
The head of the sponsoring organization said to remove him because
of his mental and physical difficulties, which, to say the least, cannot
done. No other support from the sponsor - in fact, they refuse to put
in writing to the effect of " remove him ".
The final fly in the ointment is that the parents of this leader have
multiple times, in different situations involving the leader. It is the
consensus of those involved in the Troop Committee and Leadership that
they'll sue them in the drop of a hat.
Which leaves the Troop in quite a quandry...... No support from Council,
support from the sponsor, sue-happy parents, parents of boys ready to
the leader will not leave on his own, and takes no steps to protect those
around him ( i.e., a bloodborne pathogen kit, etc. ).
The Troop Committee and Leadership feel that this leader is an imminent
danger to the boys - if this leader cuts himself in any way, the boys
exposed to HIV, and doesn't take any measures to prevent this exposure.
This looks to be a no-win situation, and they desperately need advice.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City