Re: Scoutmaster's Delemma
Joseph Alessi (JosephAlessi@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Mon, 27 Apr 1998 13:36:11 -0400
Joe Marsh wrote:
>> My dilemma is what to do about the Scout who called Mom. =
Should I thank
mom and go on or point out that the Troop Adult leadership should =
opinion be notified before Police are called to a Troop meeting? =
My suggestion is to let it go.
In this situation, the scout calling his parent is certainly an
acceptable thing to do. I would hope that my son would let me
know if something like this happened to him. Given the past
history between you and the scout, it is understandable why he
might be uncomfortable going to you.
On the mom's side, do you have a way for parents to get in touch
with you during the meeting? =
While we might not like it, this is definitely a police matter. =
IT IS NOT THE JOB OF THE SCOUTMASTER TO INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE
CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR (shouting on purpose). If you had found out
about it, what would you have done? Would you have called the =
police in and let them investigate, or would you have tried to =
get to the bottom of things yourself? In some ways, you've been
protected by the way things happened.
One of the hardest things that we have to do as leaders is to
continually "forget" the past as the boys in our charge grow.
Remember that it is our aim to turn them into citizens of good
character. To do this, we must be able to "forgive and forget"
the missteps that the boys take along the way.
My advice is to try and bridge the gap that seems to exist
between you and this scout. Rather than "doing something", I
would take him aside and congratulate him for doing the right
thing. Tell him that you are proud of him for refusing the
I would also have a SM's conference with the third scout. It
seems to me that he needs to examine his willingness to let
something that is far outside of the Scout Oath and Law happen.
I don't think that I would make any public announcements at
the next meeting. Having a DARE presentation is a very good
Be thankful that it didn't turn out to be marijuana, and that
you don't have a scout in jail. Imagine what that would
look like in the local papers. Headline: 'DRUG ARREST AT
LOCAL SCOUT MEETING'.
Note: if you haven't already done so, it might be a good
idea to let your chartered organization and your district
executive know what happened. You don't want them in the
dark if they get asked why the police were called to your
meeting. Also, your DE and unit commissioner might be able
to give you some ideas on how to help this boy keep his life
on the right track.
Yours in Scouting
Joseph A. Alessi in Ozwin 2.20
Vice Chair - Program, Lafayette District
ASM Troop 313
Adviser to the Treasurer, Unami Lodge
I used to be an Owl
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City