Re: SCOUTS-L Digest - 14 Jun 1998 to 15 Jun 1998
Dave Luchau (dluchau@TEAMSP.COM)
Tue, 16 Jun 1998 13:45:26 -0600
This is in response to Jeff Brannen's email about being in Scouting
without as son, and for anyone else in that situation.
I am very proud of the fact that I have been in Scouting continuosly for
28 years. From 8 years old to 36 years old. I have never had a child
in a unit (my only son is 2 years old). I have served in almost every
position in a troop, several in a pack, and currently serve as an
Explorer Post Advisor & Asst. Scoutmaster.
Typically, I find that my impact on a unit is very significant because
of the fact that I am making payments toward my "debt of gratitude" for
the great things that Scouting, and the many Scouters who touched my
life have done for me. I grew up in a bad neighborhood, and did many
things that I am not proud of. Scouting helped keep my energy focused
on positive things, and as a result has made me a success in life.
Yes, I have had VERY SHALLOW PEOPLE go to great lengths spreading rumors
that "why would a grown man without children still be in Scouting".
They are typically the people who do not experience the reward of seeing
their own son succeed.
I want to add (to keep from being flamed) that it is appropriate to
check out references on any adult leader, and to ensure that they follow
the Youth Protection Guidelines. ANYONE CAN BE A CHILD MOLESTER! I
should know, over the years, I have contributed significantly to one
former Scouter's court-martial for molesting a Scout (he was single and
Scoutmaster of a troop), and a criminal conviction of another former
Scouter for molesting a Scout (his son), and his daughter.
Jeff, whatever you do, keep that spirit! Stay and work with the boys.
It is not selfish to want to give to others. You are a man who has and
will continue to make a difference in the life of many young men. That
is a tribute to you.
YIS, Dave Luchau, EA Post 460, SA Troop 460, Asst. District Commissioner
El Valle Manzano District, Great Southwest Council, Albuquerque, NM
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City