Re: discipline problems
JASON CRUSE (jcruse@DU.EDU)
Sun, 7 Jul 1996 07:33:42 -0600
I personally think having parents along on campouts is a great idea for
solving your problem. Another alternative, depending on the boys, is
simply making clear to the parents what the boys, and why their actions
are inexcusable in the code of conduct they have made an oath to uphold.
On our last campout, I had a boy who whined and "accidentally" broke
troop equipment, etc. I stood right in front of him and asked if he
wanted to go home. He looked at me and said "Oh no! I didn't want to
come, my mom made me, and now I'm going to make you miserable for the
entire weekend." I replied that I didn't care how miserable he made me,
but if he didn't shape up, he WOULD go home, and I would make it clear
to his mom, in detail, WHY he was home. He didn't think she would like
that. The rest of the weekend was rather pleasant.
I recall from my fundamentals course that disciplining is the most
difficult thing in scouts--being careful not to drive boys away, but
still get the point across. However, if the incidents involving these
senior scouts was as heinous as the author implied, perhaps chasing
these boys off is not such a terrible thing?
-- Jason A. Cruse
University of Denver
"Toujours en avant. Si Dieu avait voulu que l'homme reculat, il lui
aurait mis un oeil derriere la tete."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City