scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Drunk Dad
DeGhelder, James (James_DeGhelder@BMC.COM
Mon Mar 20 2000 - 17:31:54 CST
In your Maxim you state--
If you are true to your reasoning for being a member of the BSA, you truly
do not need registration and you can make a positive difference in the life
of young people and the adults whom support them by your participation.
But the problem is that I can no longer participate.
So I must assist the youth that will be the leaders and policy makers of the
future in other avenues. Through programs that believe that standing up for
what is right, and good. Through programs that believe that every
individual should be treated with respect, dignity, and just plain good
manners. And if the Scouts Oath, Law, and Motto don't reflect this then I
have misunderstood the entire program completely, my apologies.
My response to the post was just to state that sometimes we need to
investigate what is happening. Don't succumb to the "zero-tolerance"
mentality sweeping our current policy makers. (BTW the reason for the
zero-tolerance policies is to cover their behinds, They feel if there is a
policy in place they can't be sued, Thank you lawyers).
It seems that most of the postings in the group accept smoking as long as
the kids don't see you. If that is the case don't be hypocritical and say
it's not ok to drink if the kids don't see you. Maybe we should ask to help
him, not just outright ban him is all I'm asking. If it is deemed by
everyone that this individual should be banned then no whining later when
you find out you made a mistake and that the person is diabetic and those
insulin reactions were mistaken for drunken stupors. Remember those actions
are final no recourse.
You also stated --
Under the "Maintaining Standards of Membership" policies, a local Council
Scout Executive (and ONLY that person...not the District Executive nor a
Field Director/District Director) can remove a person from BSA membership
for whatever justification he or she sees fit. ---
How can a Scout Executive make the decision without the encouragement and
endorsement of the District executive or a Field Executive/District
Director, or even the local leaders?
Must sever all ties with BSA