Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Character Counts
Heath & Lee Hudson
Wed, 17 Feb 1999 09:03:43 -0500
Adult male, age 22, new step-father to Bear Cub, former Star Scout in
neighboring troop, former Council camp staff (3 yrs), in full uniform
(by the way), shows up at all den and pack meetings and exhibits "Scout
Spirit" each time. Recruited by DL & CC (no active CM) as ADL for
Bears. Man admits to having been convicted and sentence served for
forgery one year ago. he looks you in the eye when he tells you, he
"did a really stupid thing", "he learned his lesson", and "doesn't drink
anymore because of this." Story is (does it matter what the story is?)
that he was drunk, took an employers check, wrote it for $15,000 and
tried to cash it. Served time.
CC (me) and COR haven't signed app pending investigation. COR is an
atty and has spoken with the probation officer. I don't know the
results of this, yet. Man listed our DE and a DE from nearby district
(he knows him from camp staff) as references on app. COR will speak
with them also.
Question: Should this automatically preclude him from leadership? If
so, for how long? Does this mean that no leaders in Scouting have
broken the law? What about OUI convictions and/or license revocations?
Just a personal note... this issue has prompted "Character Counts"
conversations with my 15 year old Scout son. He feels that character
should be judged on their whole person, not just a particular incident
and that we learn best from the mistakes we have made........
References for official guidance would be of great assistance.
YIS, Lee Hudson, CC Pack 94