Comments: I Live in a Glass House

No, you're right - no stones. I always felt like I could be the mom getting the call. I'm just glad you didn't have to mediate the entire thing. The harder part comes after the story is complete and something has to be done. *sigh*

Although from your friend's reaction, I think this boy has some issues.

Posted by Teresa at May 18, 2009 10:55 PM

Thank God I never had a problem like that when I was a Scout Leader. Luckily we never had more than four boys at one time (all 11-year-olds) and they were overall pretty good kids. I did once have to deal with a very upset parent over an incident that, in retrospect, I should've handled better. Fortunately, when things cooled down, we shook hands and apologized over what turned out to be a series of miscommunications from all sides. Learned quite a lot that day, unfortunately the hard way. Mainly that being a Scout leader isn't for the faint of heart, make sure YOU'RE prepared even if no one else is (be prepared - duh!), and be careful about turning your back on your troop for any length of time, they'll find all sorts of trouble.

Posted by diamond dave at May 19, 2009 12:31 PM

imagine if the kid had had access to more than a little knife (which also can kill or maim)... gah

i hope SOMEONE made a big damned deal out of it.

Posted by ShyAsrai at May 19, 2009 07:02 PM

How odd,
I went scouting as a youngster before I started to sail and when we went camping, as tenderfeet, we took buck knives and hatchets. We, if you can believe it, dared to make fires on our very own under the responible guidance of senior scouts. We went into the wilderness with no more than our Scout Master and a deputy. There were not hordes of adults in attendanceand no moms. Seems kind of normal to me now.
In Explorers we went camping with girls and of course we were then joined by moms as chaperones. We still carried some serious sharp edged devices much longer than an inch or two.

Posted by Curtis at May 23, 2009 05:30 AM