Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Mess kit knife
Mess kit knife
Dennis and Karen Bastarache
Mon, 26 Oct 1998 21:17:49 -0500
On my Troop's last campout, three scouts were calling each other names.
This got to the point that one of the boys decided he had enough. He
took out his mess kit knife and said he was going to poke holes in one
of the other boys pillow ( this happened at 7:00am in their tent).
The boy who owned the pillow went in the tent to stop him, and the boy
with the knife grabbed him in a headlock and had the knife in the other
hand. From what I understand the knife never got close to the boy. The
boy called for help and another boy went in the tent and grabbed the
knife. The boy who grabbed the knife ended up getting scraped by the
serrated edge of the knife( no blood loss).
As soon as I found out about this I called the mother of the boy who
pulled the knife to come pick him up at the campsite. I took the other
boys aside and had a talk about feelings and name calling. The boys all
apologized to each other with out my telling them to. I also talked to
all the parents of the boys that were involved.
That was the easy part.
The mother of the boy with the knife said that I should punish the other
boys more because their name calling is what got her boy so upset.
The mother of the boy who was in the headlock says that the boy with the
knife is dangerous and is going to kill someone and should be kicked out
of the troop. I told her I will not kick him out, but I would make sure
that those boys don't tent together in the future, and I will keep a
closer eye on him. She said I should have someone come to a Troop
meeting and talk about anger management, which I said I would do.
The problem is this mother will not let this drop. Most of my committee
believes I did the right thing, but a couple of them said I should have
My question is did I do the right thing, and if not, what more could
have I done?
Remember this was a mess kit knife and not a pocket knife.
Troop 27 East Templeton, Ma.
I used to be an Eagle