Peter Townsend (ptownsen@HYDRA.CS.GMR.COM)
Tue, 2 Dec 1997 16:54:35 -0800
Linda, as a fellow Michiganian, you do have my sympathies.
As a District Adv. Comm. member, I can only suggest
that you contact your Distr. Adv. Comm. and keep them up to
speed on developments. They may be able to even help. As
a 15+ yr veteran Troop Adv. Chmn. and ASM, I hope you are
going to extra pains to involve your troop committee at
each point, discussing the situation in open meeting, and
making sure they are publicly behind your stance.
As SM, you have the ultimate decision on this. You either
sign for him, or you don't. Be fair and listen to all sides,
then, stand by your guns. Yes, you can be bypassed, but at
least you'll know you have a clean conscience that you tried
to maintain standards. If you and your troop committee are
bypassed, you and the troop have no obligation to support a
CoH for the boy.
>From the pragmatic side, I assume that you have had an open
conversation not only with the boy, but also with
the parents. (You should try to have at least one other adult
from your committee in attendance each time you do).
Keeping FUN in scOUTING, Pete Townsend ASM T188, Rochester Hls MI
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City