Seeking wisdom and counsel
Thomas Heavey, Sr. (heavey@NWRAIN.COM)
Wed, 26 Aug 1998 22:56:33 -0700
I seek the wisdom from those who have been there. On Saturday I returned
from an idyllic week at Summer Camp. 37 boys, nine adults, lots of
activities, fun, merit badges and advancement. Or so I thought. Tuesday
evening a scout and his mother came to visit me. They also brought word
from another scout about some activities they were involved in. These two
scouts, (Scout "A" and Scout "B") each brought a bottle of liquor to camp.
While at camp they both gave their bottles to another Scout (Scout "C") who
had been bothering them for the last several months with taunts, jabs and
jibes. According to Scouts A & B, Scout C shared his liquid fortune with
two of his sidekicks (Scouts "D" and "E"). They would sneak into the woods
at night and consume the alcohol. Scouts D and E were often hard to get up
in the morning, and Scout E managed to make it through summer camp without
earning a merit badge.
Tonight at the meeting, while the troop was playing its game, I held a
conference with Scouts A, B, C, and D (E was absent). Since A and B had
admitted to me they brought the alcohol, and not wanting to directly
implicate them until I heard from the others, I asked each in turn, starting
with D, if they had consumed any alcohol during camp. I asked the question
several different ways and D and C both denied everything, on their honor as
Scouts. B and A admitted to bringing alcohol and giving it away.
My gut tells me A and B are telling the truth and C and D are lying through
The parents of A and B know everything their sons have told me. Those boys
are now subject to disciplinary actions in their homes, where to me, the
discipline belongs. The parents of C, D and E know nothing. It had been my
plan to take this incident to the patrol leaders council and ask them to
impose, if any, the troop discipline. But in the face of the straight faced
denial by C & D, I am hesitant to do so. Lacking a clean confession all the
way around, I am stumped about what to do.
I seek your counsel.
Thomas Heavey, Sr. ___ | |
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