Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1998: Transfer Authority
Wed, 30 Sep 1998 07:01:58 -0400
Q: Does a Scoutmaster (Cubmaster) have authority to disallow a transfer
if a Scout
wants to leave a Troop and join another?
Our Troop has stuggled with an individual for a long time. He has lots
of baggage and can shift personalities at the drop of a hat. I won't go
into all the efforts that have been made by peers, Scouters,
Scouter-Parent discussions, previous situations etc. or the history of
interactions between the family grouping and the Troop.
On a recent out of state trip, the parent was called to come get him.
Committee meeting this Thursday (as in tomorrow).
Pre-committee conversations indicate that the mother plans to pull the
Scout from the Troop and that he is looking for another Troop to join.
Scoutmaster, a 10 year vet, but only speratically involved with the
Troop over the past year because of a variety of legitimate situations
(a completely different issue which looks tobe resolving itself soon)
1. if he wants to quit, that's his right
2. he (SM) will not allow a (this) transfer:
A. Scout needs to work out his trouble with the Troop, and vise versa
B. SM will not allow a transfer of the problem(s) to someone else
C. SM did offer PLC some guidance in THEIR responsibilities when
guidance WAS REQUESTED
D. in this small community (2 local troops and 2 more at 20 miles
away and the next
closest 30, etc) SM knows all the other SM's and will block any
While the intent may be noble, as an individual looking at the bottom
line, I am very leery of an individual being able to "block" a
transfer. In the painfully obvious, Scouting is not the military. If a
freely joined individual (child) wants to go someplace else, how can
there be any official way to stop a transfer "from", if there's an
accepting "to" ? I realize that there is the network of unofficial peer
agreements that might cause the receiving group hesitate, hamper or
otherwise refuse to accept a transfer. This can be valuabe or abused
(helping to prevent continued growth of a problem vs. not allowing a
What I'm NOT asking for is suggestions or opinions on dealing with the
behaviors of the Scout, Scouters or parents.
I AM asking, does a SM (or COR) have the authority to officially deny a
transfer if a transfer is the desire of a Scout and another Troop says
"Come on over" ?