Re: Who should go to Scout Camp?
Pete Murray (pjmurray@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Fri, 9 Aug 1996 12:34:17 -0400
>I knew this boy had poor discipline and recognized that problems
>could arise. Every time I threatened him with, "I will call your
>Dad and he can come get you", he was good for a few hours.
I wasn't there, and so can only offer advice that does not take into
account ALL that happened. I htink that you might have made a mistake by
threatening the second time. You lost your advantage. At Sea Camp last year
I had a boy (ADD) who was just taken off of his medication and we did not
know of his condition until AFTER the camp. The first evening he "lost it",
he lost the priveledge of going on the night wade. As he had to be
supervised, I had to miss it too. The second time he "lost it", we called
his parents and informed them (and him) that three strikes and he was out.
They would have to drive down and pick him up, failure to do so would be
child abandonment and the appropriate authorities would be advised.
Fortunately there was no third time. He controlled his problems on his own
and without the use of medication. Yes, he was more than careful around me,
and did not seem to have as much fun. However, ALL of the rest of us had a
tremendous time, and THAT is far more important.
Remember, give every serious discipline problem a "penalty" and
stick with it... EVEN if you have to miss out on some of the activities. Do
not let it "slide by", or he will know he can push you around and get out of
any consequences. Every action (good or bad) should have an appropriate
re-action. This shows causality to your boys, something they need to
understand later in life as well as now. This means praise him when he is
does good as well as point out behavior problems.
AKA "Goodyear Pete", Hey you!, Mr. Cubmaster, and the "Professor of Cooking"
"Awesome is as awesome does..."
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