Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Refusing a SM Conference CAN YOU??
Refusing a SM Conference CAN YOU??
Mon, 6 Dec 1999 10:20:18 -0600
>In any case, the youth ***ALWAYS*** has a right of appeal.
This subject comes up a lot and for good reason, it's a difficult situation for
the Troop. After a couple of humbling experiences, I learned this is usually an
adult leader problem, not the Scout. If the Scout and his family are surprised
by the SM refusal, then the Troop was wrong. Here is couple more ways that may
help prevent it from becoming a repeated occurrence.
1. We Adult leaders are expected to develop growth in all the Scouts all the
time, not just those who already display it. If we learn of a Scout getting
close to a conference and don't feel he has completed all the requirements, we
should talk with him and explain our concerns. Then we should work with the
Scout to develop clear steps towards reaching his set goals. Don't wait until
the Scout request a conference to spring the big surprise on him. I have even
heard of adults waiting until the Scout request a conference to teach him a
2. We should talk with the parents as well. Let them know our concerns. I have
found in most cases, parents support Troop decisions when they have been
included in their son's progress. We should learn to talk with parents a lot
after meetings, campouts and Troop activities. Ask for their help with growth
development and give praise with good behavior.
If somehow a situation like the one that started this thread does happen, the
SM, Committee and parents need to meet and come up with an understanding of the
situation and a resolution that everyone agrees on. Like I said, it's an Adult
problem, not the Scouts. Many times, the Scouts personality gets in the way of
the real problem. If this were to happen in our Troop, and it has recently, I
start looking at the adults to find the problem, not the Scout. Sometimes the
Scoutmaster screws up.