Re: Remember Scouting is a Safe Haven...
Tim Hewitt (thewitt@FAIRCHILDSEMI.COM)
Tue, 18 Aug 1998 08:40:40 +0000
I wanted to thank most of you for your thoughtful comments on this issue. I
won't thank those few of you who responded privately in a most un-Scoutlike
manner, but then there are those in every group.
I have not changed my opinion on this, but the discussion has been interesting nonetheless.
My opinion stands as it did at the start. If one boy puts the rest of the
troop and the program in jeopardy, than I will ask that he be removed from the
program if there is no way to bring him around. I was wittness to this again
last week at summer camp in another troop. The entire troop had their camp
experience ruined by one boy whom the Scoutmaster refused to deal with. Very
Some of you made arguments that I should put all my efforts into this one boy,
as without my special attention he may someday "grow up to be an axe murderer"
(fill in your favorite crime here). In this way, even if the 10 other boys
drop out of the program I will have done my civic duty. I don't buy it.
Many of you thought that my statement meant I would not work hard with the boy
and his parents to bring him around. That is simply not true. I'm sorry if it
sounded that way. In the case in point, the boys parents refuse to even attend
a Scoutmaster's Conference or to meet with any member of my committee to
discuss their boy's behavior problems. This is not part of the deal, I'm
sorry. If they won't work with me, I won't work with their son. He is noit
welcome at the meetings until his parents make the effort they need to make to
meet with me and discuss the problem.
Some of you thought that my position on this meant I would not work with
problem children but would only accept "perfect" kids. Go back and read all
that I have written if you believe this. This is nonsense. I simply stated
that there is a limit to how far I will go, and putting the entire program in
jeopardy for one child is that line for me.
I hope that all of you got something from this duscussion, even those who now
think that I am a total cad and should be removed from Scouting (one of you
wrote my DE and suggested that. He got a real kick out of it).
Tim Hewitt, Scoutmaster
Troop 350, Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City