scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: disciplinary dilemma
Thomas Holland (Thomas.Holland@WEST.SUN.COM
Fri Jun 16 2000 - 08:58:22 CDT
>From: "(MAJ) Mike Walton
>But it was THIS line that really got my curiousity.....
>>Finally, if he is a father at 15, then his progress toward Eagle will be a
>>of the past.
>Huh?? I don't think so. Perhaps Bruce Coburn and some of the other "old
>timers" here can remember a similiar string whereby the Scoutmaster
>discovered that a Scout in his Troop got a young lady pregnant and they
>were deciding on whether or not to remove the Scout from the Troop for his
>"actions". I'll see if I can find it in our archives....but the bottom
>line, Thomas, is that this is the type of kid that may need Scouting THE
>MOST....and yes, he has some parental responsibilities but that does NOT
>prevent him from continuing his experiences as a Boy Scout.
>His Eagle Scout Service Project may be to speak to his peers in classes in
>the county about responsible sexual education and activity....they would
>tend to listen to a young father long before they would listen to the
>county health nurse.
I have no doubt that "this is the type of kid that may need Scouting THE
MOST....". But at age 15 scouting may have already had the most influence that
it will have. Of course I can only speak in general terms because I don't know
all the facts and each case is different, but my main concern is the younger
scouts who still can be greatly influenced by older scouts and adults that may
appear to be taking no action, thereby giving tacit approval. If the scout
became a father at 15, then for him to make Eagle, there would have to be
remorse and repentance on his part. An Eagle project as you stated in your
reply would be excellent. But at age 15, scouting is less important than girls,
cars, girls, work, girls and of course the fairer sex. Especially when she is
18. I remember 15 and I don't know if I would have been able to stay the course
and make Eagle if I was in his situation. I pray that some trusted adult(s) can
step in to remedy the situation. It would be a shame for the boy to be
distracted from something that is so personally important.