Re: Who should go to Scout Camp?
Everett Holm (eholm@LPI.RENO.NV.US)
Wed, 7 Aug 1996 16:36:59 -0700
I have found it very effective to a) initiate the phone call and have the
Scout tell there parent(s) the reason for the phone call and b) depending on
the seriousness of the offense, either tell the Scout the next time will
earn a ride home or this offense earned the ride home. Then when you tell
the parent(s) they get to come and pick up their kid, it will make you glad
you're not in the same car for that ride home. (guaranteed, 9:00 p.m. phone
call, 1/2 hour on the phone, 2 hours to camp and finally 2 hour ride home
makes a lonely 4-1/2 hour self inflicted punishment usually much more
effective than any adult can dole out.)
Both of these actions tend to make life more painful than just having one
adult telling another adult and then the 'perfect angel' gets off with
nothing more than a brief dash of ego let down.
Most of all, don't threaten, make promises. Also, make sure all individuals
in the troop - Scouts and Parents - know the ground rules and who will be
driving scouts home early for those who choose to not follow them. To me
it's just basic discipline if anything gets to this stage. Unfortunately, it
Hope this might help a bit.
At 12:09 AM 8/7/96 GMT, you wrote:
>On Aug 06, 1996 11:04:36, 'Chris Schwartz <chris.schwartz@GSFC.NASA.GOV>'
>>I knew this boy had poor discipline and recognized that problems could
>>Every time I threatened him with, "I will call your Dad and he can come
>>you", he was good for a few hours.
>You forgot what I think is the most important rule for parenting. You made
>an empty threat. Would you have called the scout's Dad? If the boy was
>that disruptive, you should have. Just my opinion.
>Eagle Class of '73
>ADC - Area 5, National Pike District, Baltimore Area Council
>CA & TC - P1375, Prince William District, National Capital Area Council
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