There has been an issue I have noticed over the past year pertaining to one of our Scouts in particular. He is an older scout both in rank and age and shows no respect to adult leadership nor to his fellow Scouts. He also has been accused of smoking "pot". This allegedly happened during the outside "recess" time given to our Scouts after the formal portion of the meeting at our charted organization location. The parent that reported him chose to not send her son to Summer Camp this year mainly because of this Scout and his antics. The Scoutmaster addressed this concern with the Scout and his mother and the accusation was denied by the Scout. However, when the Scoutmaster and the mom were speaking she told him that they give him at him drug tests; some of which he passes and some of which he fails. Now, I have been told by one of my Committee members that what happens outside of Scouts stays outside of Scouts. My argument is that once a Scout-always a Scout and there is no timeline, meaning they are not Scouts only on Monday evenings from 7-8:30pm, weekend trips and summer camps, they are Scouts 24/7. I pretty much got bombarded with everyone arguing against me so I chose to stand-down. Can I get clarification on that thought?
This year at Summer Camp, the Scout in question told younger Scouts, both in rank and age, that he has THC with him and that he stole items from the Trading Post. Once I found out I asked the 2 boys to speak with the Scoutmaster. After the two boys spoke with the SM, we had a Leaders meeting to which I suggested he call the mom and let her know what's going on. I also suggested that she pick him up from summer camp. After he spoke with her the other Assistant Scoutmaster reported that the Scout was attempting to start a fire with matches inside an unattended fire ring also not our main fire ring and he was also shining a laser pointer through the woods. Again, the SM call the mom, and insisted she come first thing in the morning to pick him up. She insisted giving him a second chance, little did she remember he was attending summer camp on a second chance. It was specifically stated that if the Scout misbehaves so much so to cause disruption and or brings items from the "do not pack list", the parent is responsible for picking them up from camp.
He was given another second chance. The boys that told us what that Scout was saying he did, were now afraid of retaliation and also concerned that nothing was being done. Also a younger Scout mentioned that he doesn't feel safe when that Scout is around him. I am going to bring up to the Committee that we suspend him for three months. My concern is that some of the members seem to turn a blind eye and say "oh boys will be boys" and make light of it. I think that also is because they are friends of his parents and no one wants to be the bad guy or affiliated with enforcing our handbook policy.
With this long story, I am sure I left something out, but I am reaching out for your guidance and suggestions moving forward.