scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: No Confidence Vote?
Sat Nov 06 1999 - 09:33:00 CST
A Scouter writes:
I am being told (by a parent and committee member) that his son
is uncomfortable talking with the Scoutmaster and on the verge of
quitting. More so, the adult is questioning the Scoutmaster's character.
In our three years of existence I have never had any parent approach me
with this sort of problem. <snip> Rather than
"upset the apple cart" (by asking the Scoutmaster to step aside or
reprimanding him) I wonder if it is legitimate to hold a no confidence
vote for the Scoutmaster? If the vote is unanimous in favor of our
Scoutmaster I may be helping the majority of scouts (by maintaining
continuity) at the sake of this lone, concerned Scout and parent. I hate
to ever see an active parent or scout quit or move elsewhere - but that
may be the end result. What a dilemma.
Let's see here. You have a SM who has given no reason for offense for three
years. You have one parent with a problem with one boy. And you're
considering getting rid of the SM over this one complaint? (A no-confidence
vote is tantamount to a firing, so that's why I use these words).
I may have missed something here, but I don't see any indication of the
nature of the boy's problem with the SM or what, if anything, the committee
has done to look into any allegations made or discuss it with the SM, the
boy, or the parent. I think it's important to do all that before you take any
I am glad you are thinking about what effect this would have on the rest of
the troop, even if peripherally, because that should be your committee's
first concern. If this turns out to be a personality conflict and the boy and
his parent join another troop, so what? This would certainly be preferable to
getting rid of a SM who has been meeting the needs of the unit for three yrs.
Then a discussion w/ the SM about how such conflicts could be handled better
in the future might be in order. Sometimes we forget that it's not just the
boys who grow in their years in Scouting.
First impressions without adequate information <G>... so what did you do?
SA T47 Sandwich MA
Cape Cod & Islands Council
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