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    • A few key points have been missed. You'll have enough problems at camp that you don't need to hunt for more.    Scoutmasters should't be enforcers.  SM job is to relate to the scouts.  Baden-Powell said ...  “I had stipulated that the position of Scoutmaster was to be neither that of a schoolmaster nor of a commander Officer, but rather that of an elder brother among his boys, not detached or above them individually, able to inspire their efforts and to suggest new diversions when his finger on their pulse told him the attraction of any present craze was wearing off."  — Robert Baden-Powell, Lessons from the Varsity of Life, 1933. This situation ... IMHO ... how I view it ...  there is nothing to report.  you don't have liability.  Usually if the scouts have medicine, the parents provided it.  If they didn't, then you have a larger issue.  the phones absolutely could have waited until the scouts were there or until there was an obvious violation.   the scoutmaster created a wedge between the scouts and himself.  Maybe this is a learning experience for the scouts, but it will be something to work through.   
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