scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: How Should This Problem Have Been handled?
Stu Allen (allensr@FRONTIERNET.NET
Fri May 12 2000 - 11:01:27 CDT
Wow. A tough one.
> At our last District Camporee, one unit showed without the following:
> Tour Permit, Medical Forms, Parental Permission Slips. I.e., _no_
Hmmm. Well, there may be those that argue that these rules can be bent,
but I think we can all see the need for things like permission slips
and medical forms. What if one of the boys had been seriously injured?
> When the person was arguing with one registrar, one of the others
> recognized the Troop number, and remembered having told the SM 2 days
> before on the telephone that they needed this. On that basis, the
> unit was sent home.
And here's the kicker. This part makes it easy. If the unit "didn't
know" then maybe MAYBE some slack could have been cut. But the fact
that the SM was reminded 2 DAYS before the event makes me really
wonder what he or she was thinking!
> Is there any other way that this might have been handled? One thing
> to consider - the Camporee site was a forest area, about 120 miles
> and a 2+ hour drive from where most of us are, and a 3 hour drive for
> that unit.
Well, that makes me feel bad for the boys, and for any other leaders
that may have driven all the way for nothing, but actually I think that
makes the lack of paperwork even MORE serious -- it tells me (correct
me if I'm wrong) that in the above-mentioned scenario of a scout
getting hurt, it might have been even more necessary to obtain medical
assistance locally, and it would have been harder to track down a
parent to give their OK.
The sad part is that my gut feeling is that rather than learning from
this experience, the leader(s) and troop in question may become bitter
toward any future similar event. I'm sure they were very angry, but
I'd be willing to bet the anger was directed toward those who "did
the right thing" and sent them home rather than toward those whose
mistake caused the whole problem.
And who ends up losing? I think we know the answer to THAT question.
So yes, I would say this was handled the only way possible.
COR/WDL Troop/Pack 92