Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Refusing a SM Conference CAN YOU??
Re: Refusing a SM Conference CAN YOU??
Sat, 4 Dec 1999 09:58:18 -0500
Mike Mc Abee wrote:
> I have a bigger problem w/ several comment to the effect that a troop
> committee, or a district committee, etc., can overrule a Scoutmaster's
> interpretation of "showing Scout Spirit". ... its
> as wrong to refuse to hold a SM conference and deny the Scout the requred
> feedback, as it is to overrule the SM refusal's to sign off on "Scout
> provide the Scout w/ a BoR..
I agree that in the best of circumstances, these issues should be resolved
without making it a matter of adult "power struggles".
However, our first duty has to be to the youth under our care. If the SM
cannot support his position with facts, and he refuses to change his
opinion, we must overrule him. To not do so would mean that we as adults
are not following the scout oath and law.
This "scout spirit" issue is always a difficult one, since many leaders try
to make this a "catch all" requirement to hold back scouts that they feel
are "not ready" for any reason. Remember - the requirement is to show scout
spirit by following the scout oath and law in your daily life. It is not
supposed to be used to measure attendance, helping the troop, etc. In
checking this requirement, we are supposed to look at what the boys do
***OUTSIDE*** of scouting (i.e., "in your daily life").
Cheryl Singhal also asked if an SM can "refuse" to hold an SM conference in
the first place. IMHO the answer is no. This is the same as refusing to
let a scout show he can tie a knot so he can complete a requirement, for
example. Just because he shouldn't doesn't mean he won't, however. If he
does, there must be a right of appeal.
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