Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Fire Bug(kinda long, but need help)
Re: Fire Bug(kinda long, but need help)
Wed, 30 Jun 1999 07:25:15 -0400
As a retired fireman I may be biased in my view but it seems that this young man
has an underlying problem and is in need of professional counseling. My opinion
is that if you are satisfied that the events actually occurred and as long as
this young man is a potential danger to the rest of the Troop members the
Scoutmaster should ban him from participation in all Troop camping trips. He
need not be dropped from the Troop unless his behavior manifests itself at Troop
meetings. If he gets the counseling he needs and can provide written
verification from the counselor you could consider allowing him on trips.
A letter detailing your actions should be sent to the Camp Director with a copy
to the Council Executive.
This is a safety issue and there can be no quibbling!
Henry Lucas wrote:
> To all the wise sages on the List, I have a question that needs answering.
> The situation as follows occurred in the past week during summer camp.
> An older scout, age 15 and a Life scout, was observed by two other scouts
> (all from the same troop and attending camp for a second week as members of a
> mustang patrol) attempting to create a fire bomb using a plastic bottle,
> canvas tie strap and aerosol bug spray. This incident took place on Monday
> outside of the campsite area, no adults present, and wasn't reported until
> Friday evening after the older scout had gone home. The incident was
> reported to the camp director, both younger scouts gave the same report
> during separate conferences. The camp director contacted the older scout
> about the incident, which he denied. The camp director proceeded to allow
> the older scout to return to camp as a counselor in training without further
> action. The camp director was advised that this scout has had a history of
> causing problems with the use of fire, to the point that his Fire'n Chit was
> taken away 2 years ago, and has continued to disregard the troop
> disciplinary action of his possession of fire starting materials. I won't go
> into great detail of the incidents, but this problem exists outside the
> scouting program as well, to the point that one incident got him expelled
> from private school concerning a bomb scare.
> The advise that is needed concerns the Troop Committee's action on whether to
> suspend or expel this scout from the troop and how far they should make this
> decision reach if he decides to go to another troop. They consider this
> young man to be dangerous to others as well as to himself. The other problem
> is that his mother is a member of the Troop Committee and is in denial that
> he is back to his fire bug mode.
> Always a Bear and havin' fun