Re: Scoutmasters Delimma
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Mon, 27 Apr 1998 13:51:47 -0400
Joe Marsh wrote, in part:
> Woodbadge teaches us to use our resources so that is what I am doing here
> on this list. I hope to tap into some of the wisdom and experiece of the
> folks here to solve a delimma that I have encountered.
<details of tough situation and background omitted>
> My delimma 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 in my
> opinion be notified before Police are called to a Troop meeting?
....and just waht would you do with the information? Do you REALLY want
to be between a potential criminal act and the police?
I appreciate your concern, and there's a lot of gray area in misbehavior
that properly calls for the SM's intervention before the police are
called, but where drugs are pupportedly involved, I think the police
were properly called. You are (I presume) neither qualified nor
empowered to investigate allegations of serious criminal behavior, so
don't go there.
> I feel I
> should make an announcement at the Troop meeting that "No Drugs were at
> this meeting last week".
Bad idea, if the intent is to quasi-deny anything improper occurred. Is
offering to sell phony drugs that much better from a Scouting
perspective than selling REAL drugs?
If the word is out about the incident (and how could it not?), just tell
the Scouts what happened, in a straightforward and factual manner,
without naming names. It's a great opportunity to put a SM "spin" on why
what was done was wrong, and why the corrective action was appropriate.
Steve on Cattail Creek - firstname.lastname@example.org <Steven G. Tyler>
Severna Park, MD, USA
"The Computer Counselor," Technology Consulting for the Law Office
Advancement Chair and de facto Webmaster, Troop 339,
Baltimore Area Council, BSA (http://members.aol.com/troop339/)
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