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Where can the PLC find guid- ance in making ethical decisions in the outdoors? A good resource is Chapter 7, “Leave No Trace,” in the Boy Scout Handbook. Other resources would be the Scout who serves as the troop’s Leave No Trace trainer and any adult experts.


How do Tommy’s suggestions go against or support Scouting’s outdoor ethics?


When (if ever) is it permissible to go against Scouting’s outdoor ethics?


Does realistic training, such as what Tommy proposes, make it more likely that Scouts would survive in a real emergency? If so, does that make the violation of outdoor ethics appropriate?


How could the troop structure survival training in a way that best balances effective teaching with honoring outdoor ethics?


Now, explore these questions about


Tommy Pirelli: Do you think Tommy has any real interest in being a leader, or is he just being provocative by suggest- ing the alternate activities?


Should Ben and the PLC take Tommy’s suggestions more seri- ously or less seriously because this marks the first time he’s engaged in the planning process?


If they reject Tommy’s suggestions, he might never contribute ideas again. Is that OK?


Has Ben caught Tommy doing something good, as the Scoutmaster suggested? How important do you think it is now to kindle the flame of his involve- ment? How does Ben balance that need with the needs of the group?


Can Ben affirm Tommy’s contri- bution while rejecting his specific ideas? How?


Could the PLC reject Tommy’s ideas without discussing outdoor ethics? Or is it important to address the underlying issues?


Could the PLC shift responsibil- ity for rejecting Tommy’s ideas to the adult leaders (for example, by letting the Scoutmaster take the heat for not allowing rabbit snares)? Does doing so lessen the youth leaders’ authority?


Next Steps Have your Scouts or Venturers role- play the planning process for the survival outing. Encourage them to find a resolution that affirms Tommy’s contribution, preserves their own positions as youth leaders and honors Scouting’s outdoor ethics. ¿


FIND MORE ETHICS discussions at scoutingmagazine.org/ethics.


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