inappropriate adult behavior
Jack Young (jyoung@FREEFROMHUNGER.ORG)
Tue, 18 Aug 1998 15:20:52 -0700
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Recently I had a very disturbing incident with an adult that I would like
some feedback on.
The last day of summer camp a parent came up to camp to enjoy the ending
campfire and to hang out with our troop of very young and very inexperienced
scouts. This parent is not BSA trained and has not been present at scout
meetings. Shortly after the parent set-up camp in our site he began yelling
at the boys for coming to close to his tent and yelling at kids that he
thought were acting in an undisciplined way. He even yelled at me telling
me that such and such kid needed discipline. after working with a few kids
that were discipline problems all week and finally getting them contained I
saw 6 days of very hard work gaining trust and understanding about personal
boundaries and camping etiquette go up in smoke. the boys all bonded
together and confided in me about their fear and concern about the
situation. I realize that these boys trust that I will provide an activity
that is safe physically as well as emotionally. They also need good roll
models that embody the fundamentals of scouting. my failure to protect them
from an abusive adult was very upsetting to me. As a result of this
activity I am asking the committee to make some serious changes to the by
laws stating that all parents coming on outings need to have at least youth
protection and fast start training (bear paw next time it comes around) as
well as regularly attending troop meetings. basically if you want to come
on outings you have to be an ASM. the problem that this creates is yet
another barrier to getting parents to participate in the program. I often
find myself being the only one that will honestly participate as a leader.
I fear that adding this requirement will increase the burden on me.
please offer ideas and experience.....
SM Troop 600
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City