Re: Troop money
Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@ROCOCO.COLORADO.EDU)
Tue, 9 Dec 1997 13:12:39 MST
From: David Grima <dgrima@COURIERPUB.COM>
> Think about it; why do anything less than abide by the code we teach the
> Scouts? A Scout is trustworthy. If he is not, the answer is obvious. A
> Scout is to be morally straight. It is not morally straight to steal funds,
> nor is it morally straight to hide the fact it has happened.
> So many times questions are posted on this list that can easily answered of
> we think of the Scout oath and promise. You know, these are not just cute
> little things we make the boys learn like parrots.
If the only people allowed to be scout leaders were those who had
never violated the oath and law, it would be awfully hard to find any.
>From my perspective, the committee and the chartering organization
need to decide (apart from considerations of whether another leader
could be found) whether what happened was serious enough to dismiss
the leader or (going further) to press criminal charges.
Since I am a situationalist (mostly), I would treat quite differently
a person who got themselves in a jam financially and made a bad choice
on how to get out and a person who took money just to pay for a toy of
some sort or another. I would also consider whether I thought this
was a one-time slip (in which case I would tend to be willing to let
the incident go after the person has made restitution and after
safeguards were developed to discourage repetition) or whether this
was a pattern in behavior (in which case I would tend to involve the
DE and at least have him removed from scouting if not face criminal
charges). Within restitution I would probably include apologies to
the CO and the scouts (which eliminates the whole issue of trying to
hide it from the scouts -- they will eventually overhear enough to
figure it out anyhow). This is how I would (and have) dealt with a
scout shoplifting, and I feel an adult leader is deserving of similar
consideration (file it under Loyal and Kind, perhaps).
Life is never a matter of black and white -- there are always greys.
Most real-life situations of any consequence will require weighing
parts of your ideals against one another to find what feels to be the
best choice. Sometimes that is the right one, sometimes it isn't.
And sometimes you've just got to go with your gut.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City