scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Arrow of Light
Robert F. Reeder (rfreeder@QWKSILVR.COM
Sat Nov 20 1999 - 20:27:19 CST
Bruce E. Cobern wrote:
> So? If the leadership of the troop honestly feels it is NOT in the boy's best
> interests for him to join that troop (or maybe even any troop) because of his
> age/maturity, then if they DON'T reject his application they are not doing the
> right thing.
Let me get this straight. National has determined that a boy who has
received the AOL, or is 10.5, or has completed the 5th grade can join
boy scouts. However, if the wisdom of the local troop (who has the
ability to determine what is in the best interest of the boy) is that
the boy isn't mature enough to join, the application is denied? Did I
hear this right?
Let me take it a step further. Are you then saying that it is possible
for a 15 year old boy, who wants to join, but is ________ (you fill in
the blank) to be turned down because the almighty troop leadership feels
that it is in the best interest of the boy?
I can hear the cries of racism, bigotry, and everything else as I
contemplate what can happen with such an attitude within troop
It sounds to me that the troop is making a decision that is in the best
interests of the troop, not the boy. I do not see how the troop can
make decisions that are in the best interest of the boy. That is the
responsibility of the boy and the parents, not the troop. If I ever
encountered such a scenario as what is being advocated (turning away a
boy because it is in the boys best interests) you can bet I would be on
the phone with the DE and the SE. And I can assure you that others
would have their lawyers calling the DE and SE.