Scout in Trouble
R Thomas User (RThomas482@AOL.COM)
Tue, 3 Feb 1998 10:16:24 EST
I have a problem that I haven't faced before, and I need help from the list.
I have a 16 year old Life Scout, former SPL (now instructor), who took a
homemade razorblade weapon to school and got caught when he started showing it
to fellow students. He was suspended from school for 10 days and referred to
the local juvenile court for prosecution under a rather stringent state law
designed to discourage weapons in school. About two months ago he was
involved in a reckless driving incident in the parking lot of our charter
organization after a troop meeting. The police were not involved with that,
but he was put on probation with the troop, had to write a letter of apology
to the charter organization, and was grounded for a while by his parents.
Until about 1 year ago, this young man was an excellent Scout. When he
started driving he began turning rebellious towards authority. He became
surly towards adults and his fellow Scouts, and started associating with a
My question: What do I do? His recent actions certainly fail to demonstrate
that he is living his everyday life by the Scout oath and law. He has become
a moderately bad influence on the younger Scouts in the troop. Some adults in
the troop would like to expel him from the troop. Others say his problems
outside of the troop should be no concern to us. I think some action should
be taken by the troop, but I am not sure expulsion is appropriate.
What does the list think?
Richard E. Thomas
Scoutmaster, Troop 530, Northeast Georgia Council, Dacula, GA
"I used to be a Fox..." SR-140
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City