scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: No Confidence Vote
Dale Karweik (karweik.1@OSU.EDU
Fri Nov 05 1999 - 09:21:52 CST
The scenario raised by Darryl Hammill is too vague to offer a direct
answer. The fact a single boy is uncomfortable in speaking with the SM is
not an atypical situation. Some personalities just don't click when put
together. However, another posting implied that help outside the Troop
was immediately essential in dealing with the problem. I disagree. This
answer would be correct if a youth protection issue was involved but only
the parent's questioning of the SM's character was cited, no other issues.
Ther are some things I think need to be done first within the unit.
Privately talk with the Committee members who do Boards of Review. Have
ther been any indications of problems in the past? Is there any history of
boys leaving the Troop with vague reasons? Is there a problem in general
in advancement which can be attributed to lack of SM conferences? If the
answers are no, then this is an individual's problem and should be handled
as such. If the answer is yes, then you need to start looking for a new SM
if a word to the wise will not correct the situation.
Some parents find it very easy to blame the SM for their sons' lack of
motivation or success. I would rather have an active parent transfer to
another unit with the Scout than lose both the SM and the Scout later. If
there is a YP situation, get outside help. It is the policy of the Council
I am in to take care of those situations officially so they do not
re-occur. I believe this is also national policy. This requires outside
assistance from your Council. If there is no YP situation, then the
situation should be handled within the unit and should be handled
privately. The rule that you praise in public and correct in private
should apply to adults as well as the Scouts.
Troop 417 Scoutmaster Emeritus and ASM
Buckeye District Boy Scout RT Commissioner
Post 214 - Black Sheep OA Dance Team and Construction Crew - Advisor
Always an Eagle - EC430 Frenetic Fox
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