Just seeking other opinions and points of view here.
Last night I took my son to a merit badge clinic at a local municipal building. He was the only scout from his troop, but there were about 35 other scouts in attendance, all of them in groups of 5-15. All of those groups had at least one adult/leader in the room except one group of 12 boys.
Of those 12 boys, 7 of them worked hard, listened carefully, and were essentially model students. The other 5 boys from that troop were incredibly disrespectful and rude. The were playing on their phones, throwing things, stealing papers from one another, knocking stuff off of each other’s desks, laughing, and talking very loudly (a lot of it very rude and disrespectful comments and a lot of it off topic talking over the instructor). I can’t say how their behavior impacted everyone, but my son was distracted and feels like he missed some of the information - now, he get’s his merit badge anyway, but is the badge the point or the knowledge you gained to earn it the point?
Several times the counselor stopped to ask them to quiet down. Several times the other leaders in the room addressed their behavior. Those adults were ignored, and the bad behavior continued all the way to the end of the session.
My initial thought was to contact that troop (they were in Class A, so I know what troop they were from) and respectfully inform them of the questionable behaviors… but I didn’t know how other leaders would react to some dad/leader calling them out on their scouts’ behaviors/lack of leader in the room, so I decided to hold off and see what the folks in this forum thought about this situation.
Then, when I Googled the troop to find contact info, I found that the troop/charter organization is a religious group very different from my own culture. The religious group this troop belongs to is often persecuted and marginalized, so I was suddenly even more wary to email their leaders, because I don’t want anyone to feel these kids are being singled out for their religion, but I just wanted to give a friendly head’s up that some of their kids’ behaviors were not representing their troop very well.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts or advice you share.