Re: Removing a leader
John Conley (iti@FRONTIERNET.NET)
Thu, 2 Oct 1997 11:57:11 -0400
Wow, Patrick, this is a doozie! I couldn't have come up with this one
for a fiction contest! Some thoughts:
I hate to say it, but the Council is probably well aware of the lawsuit
possibility here. There are certain things for which they could force a
leader out, but I'm not aware of this one being addressed. So, their
hands are kind of tied. Don't look for them to force this guy out.
Which brings us to the Chartered Organization. As much as they would
like to abdicate here, the fact is that the Troop belongs to them. They
can't duck the responsibility. Choosing to do nothing is still a
Individual Unit leaders "work for" the C.O., not BSA. So, if this ever
did come to a lawsuit, I believe that it would be similar to a company
being responsible for the actions of their employees. By refusing to
handle this situation, I believe they are, by default, directing the
Unit leadership to handle it, since they appointed the Unit leadership.
If they are made aware of these things, they may be more cooperative.
But what can you actually DO? Does this leader know that Scouts will
be leaving the program because of him? Perhaps if he knew this he would
step down on his own. After all, presumably he is in Scouting for the
boys. I'm sure there is something he could contribute to Scouting
without having direct contact with the boys. So, that's my suggestion:
ask him to move into another position for the good of the Troop. Make
it a real position, not just a place to hide this guy, and he may still
be an asset, rather than a liability.
If you are forced to ask this leader to leave, I think you do have
legitimate grounds. He was not honest when asked about his medical
condition, and he won't take reasonable precautions to protect others
from possible danger.
Very tough one! I'm very open to better advice!
Arrowhead District Commissioner
Finger Lakes Council (NY)
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