Re: JLTC/scout punishment
Ian Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Sat, 12 Aug 1995 16:41:45 +0100
IMHBCO there is no place for the sort of stuff you mention on a JLTC. I
have to ask what the adult staff were doing to let it happen.
I have been involved with intermediate JLT at district level - we run a
district level workshop that goes between the troop-level orientation and
the week-long Council experience which we call Golden Falcon in
transatlantic Council. The emphasis is on leading by example , counselling,
using all those skills that some of us adults learned at Wood Badge.
A few days ago I was talking to another Trainer about the possibility of
running a weekend training which would combine the intermediate JLT with
Den Chief Training and specialist training for other troop positions -
e.g. offering JLT plus Bugling MB for Troop Buglers , a session on care
and repair of equipment for Quartermasters, etc. It is still very
tentative , but I hope we will get it together.
But coming back to your marching and push-ups, I think you need to have
a word with the Course Director asap and ask him how he can explain /
justify such techniques. Remember that the Youth Protection Policy also
includes a blanket ban on " hazing " that includes youth-on-youth. What
you describe sounds dangerously close to inappropriate behaviour by the
junior staff , although obviously that can only be established by a fuller
explanation of what took place than your post outlines.
District Committee Member / Boy Scout trainer
Channel District, Transatlantic Council BSA
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