Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: One of my A.Scoutmasters was arrested
Re: One of my A.Scoutmasters was arrested
Ronald B. Oakes
Sun, 11 Oct 1998 19:50:05 -0700
At 10:21 PM 10/9/98 EDT, David Garlitz S.P.L wrote:
(about an Assistant Scoutmaster arrested for assault)
>What I would like from the list is how should I handle this as S.P.L when I
>get calls from concerned parents and/or scouts asking me if they should go to
>the meeting or not knowing if he is going to be there, that is if he isn't
>in jail right away or if at all.
First talk to your Scoutmaster, and possibly the Troop Committee
Chairperson. Let them know of your concerns that scouts may be afar id to
come to meetings or outings if he is there. Ask them what you should say.
I suspect that they will assure you that he won't be at meetings. Before
you have this conversation, refer any callers to the Troop Committee
Chairperson or the Scoutmaster. Until they have given you instructions
don't say anything.
I believe that the Troop Committee and the Chartering Organization (your
troop's sponsors) can request that he remain away from troop activities
(except possibly to drop off or pick up his Son) until this is resolved.
Don't let any of the scouts take this out on his son (assuming he has one)
as this is not the son's fault. Try to keep the son involved. He may need
scouting more in the next few months or even years than he has before.
Ronald B. Oakes
(Former Scoutmaster, Troop 91, Palatine IL
Former SPL, Troop 174, Albuquerque NM)