scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: What Sayeth The List
Ted Holz (UncleTed@TWCNY.RR.COM
Thu Feb 17 2000 - 15:18:57 CST
It's a shame that so many missed what I think is the point here. If we
allow a Scout to just sit on his behind for 6 months in a leadership
position just meet the requirement then we have failed as leaders.
Unstated but clearly implied is the part about actually doing the job
have been elected / appointed to. No one forced the young man to accept
the position - he had to agree to it. Can you imagine this young man
doing this with an employer?
What have we taught this young man about leadership? The importance of a
good work ethic? Responsibility to others? An on and on......
What could we, as leaders, have done? Were there any counselling
sessons with the young man? Discussions with the parents? While he may
have held the position, he certainly didn't show Scout Spirit; was he
signed off on that? All else failing, was the board of review made
aware of the situation and what did they do?
Remember, we aren't lawyers and the advancement requirements aren't
meant to be split into so many hairs. We have to use common sense and
fairness when dealing with the Scouts. We try to hold them to a comon
standard and in every troop I've ever heard of that means actually doing
the job in a leadership position.