Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: One of my A.Scoutmasters was arrested
Re: One of my A.Scoutmasters was arrested
Mon, 12 Oct 1998 00:18:32 EDT
In a message dated 10/11/98 4:54:44 AM, GarGar205@AOL.COM wrote:
<<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 put
in jail right away or if at all.>>
I got this message this morning but am just responding now in the evening.
This is NOT A PROBLEM FOR A BOY TO HANDLE, even an extremely competent SPL.
Some day, you may hear the term "This is above my pay grade." In this case,
this situation is FAR above your pay grade.
What I suggest you do is the following:
1) Contact your Scoutmaster immediately, if you have not already done so. If
the SM does not know what to do next, the correct action is for him to contact
your Council Scout Executive first thing monday. No ifs, ands or buts, he
should do it right away. He might even want to leave a message on the
council's answering machine. BTW, I did not write the District Executive. I
meant the Scout Executive. He should be prepared to provide facts and
2) Suggest that the Scoutmaster also contact your Committee Chairman and your
Chartered Organization representative to fill them in. If you think the
Scoutmaster has any reluctance to do so, be sure that the information gets to
them. If one of your parents are active with the troop, they can contact the
CC and COR. Again, facts and information.
For your information, the participation of the individual will be suspended
while the Scout Executive investigates, gets the facts and decides what to do
according to well laid out BSA procedures.
Also, your Scoutmaster should decide what will be said to the troop. Again,
it is not fair to expect you to do this. It is above your pay grade. You
should say what the Scoutmaster decides should be said. It might be a good
idea for the SM, the CC and you to sit down and even write out what will be
Tough problem to handle. But it is one for the adults to handle, not you.
You will be an adult very soon and then you will have the "fun" of handling
situations like this. Don't rush it one more minute than you have to.