Ted Burton (tedburtn@HALCYON.COM)
Thu, 27 Jul 1995 07:15:07 -0600
>Blayden M. Thompson
>Scoutmaster, Troop 24
>Pleasant Grove, Utah
>My aunt just called me from Idaho and asked how to handle discipline
>problems in their troop, because she felt that the Scoutmaster was way
>out of line.
>1. What do you do with a boy who won't do his share of the camp
>chores. We had a duty roster and one boy just wouldn't do the cleanup.
Talk to the SPL about the situation to make sure he understands the
significance of it & invite him to talk to the PL and then the PL to the
miscreant about the Scout Oath & Law and how they apply to the situation.
If the situation does not correct itself, have the PL convey an invitation
to the youth to appear before the PLC and let them decide what to do about
discipline. If the youth fails to cooperate in the discipline, see 4.
>2. How do you handle bullies.
This is a safety issue & merits direct SM intervention to stop the conduct
at the time. Counsel the youth on the Law. Then inititiate 1 above.
>3. Who should be the policeman. The adults or the boys themselves.
The boys. One youth will accept the opinions of another youth a lot faster
than the opinions of an adult, especially if the one being talked to is a
>4. What action would warrant sending a boy home from camp.
Refusal to abide by the decisions of the PLC as items 1 & 2 above.
Commission of a crime other than minor assault or battery dealt with under
2 above. (Every unwelcome touching is a battery, of course; so use
discretion here as to what is serious vs. what is only exessive high
jinks.) Theft, battery, incuriable rebelliousness, home he goes.
>5. What punishments work.
PLC imposed punishments.
PS: where in Idaho?
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