Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Refusing a SM Conference CAN YOU??
Re: Refusing a SM Conference CAN YOU??
Timothy J O'Leary
Sat, 4 Dec 1999 13:32:14 +0100
It seems to me that to refuse to hold a Scoutmaster's conference is to
refuse to perform the primaryuty of a Scoutmaster. The Scoutmaster with
I worked when I served as Committee Chair would never, I believe, have
to perform such a conference. Were I as Committee Chair to find that the
was refusing this duty, I would have discussed with the Committee, the
Organization Representative(who was also a Committee Member) and, possibly,
Institutional Head. The question would have been not only how to deal with
the SM, but,
in all probability, whether we needed to find a new one...and how.
If the Scout is not "living the Scout Oath and Law in his daily life" the
the SM can refuse
to sign off on Scout Spirit. If he is not coming to troop meetings, then
the SM probably
has no basis upon which to judge Scout Spirit, and needs to seek input. If
the Scout is
disruptive during meetings, the SM needs to spend the time necessary to
the boy (sounds like an SM conference).
The bottom line is, in my opinion, that if a Scoutmaster is refusing to hold
conference, then it is time for the Committee to kick in and figure out what
is going on, since
it is the responsibility of the Committee to make sure that Scouting is
meeting the needs of
the boys and the Chartered Organization.
Yours in Scouting,
Tim O'Leary, ASM Troop 772, NCAC
(who works with a wonderful Scoutmaster!!!!)
"Keep the Boy first in Boy Scouting"