Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Transfer Authority
Re: Transfer Authority
Tue, 29 Sep 1998 11:51:28 -0400
Q: Does a Scoutmaster (Cubmaster) have authority to disallow a transfer if
a Scout wants to leave a Troop and join another?
By the book, no one in the unit (or district or council for that matter)
have the authority to tell a Scout he cannot transfer to another unit. Unit
leaders can refuse to provide individual Scout records (advancement,
attendance, camping, etc.) to a Scout who wants to transfer, but that's
hardly being TLHFCKOCTBCR (you know, the Scout Law).
Our Troop has struggled with an individual for a long time. [snip] On a
recent out of state trip, the parent was called to come get him. [snip]
conversations indicate that the mother plans to pull the Scout from the
Troop and that he is looking for another Troop to join. [snip]
2. he (SM) will not allow a (this) transfer: [snip]
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
There is nothing for the SM to sign or otherwise indicate his agreement with
the transfer. All that is required is for the Scout to fill out an
application with the new troop (indicating on it that he is transferring).
The old troop is under no obligation to agree with the transfer, or provide
any assistance with the transfer. All that is usually asked of the old troop
is that they provide documentation of the Scout's records (specifically
advancement). The old troop is under no obligation to provide that
documentation, and it is available from other sources if it isn't provided.
An SM who threatens to "block any transfer" is only adding to the problem.
Yes, the Scout may have problems, but it appears to me that the SM isn't
trying to help the Scout. He simply expect the Scout to change his attitude
and personality to fit the SM. The SM should be trying to do whatever he can
to help the Scout succeed in Scouting. If that means letting him transfer to
another troop, then that's what should be done. I would, and have, done just
that in the past.
By blocking the transfer of a Scout who obviously has a conflict with other
members of the troop will ultimately lead to the Scout simply dropping out
of Scouts altogether. There is no incentive for him to stick around. He
can't get along with the adults. He may have a problem getting along with
some of the other Scouts. He can't go to another troop, why should he stay
in this one?
Jim, you're right. Since the boy joined of his own accord, he is certainly
free to "unjoin" a particular unit, or even Scouting as a whole, if that's
what he wants to do. Experience shows me, though, that what your SM proposes
will only serve to drive the Scout from Scouting.
A. J. Mako, email@example.com , Scoutmaster Troop 381
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