Re: Who should go to Scout Camp?
Len Christiansen (maf00711@MAF.MOBILE.AL.US)
Fri, 9 Aug 1996 19:33:23 -0500
Chris Schwart wrote:
<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.
<It would have been better if he could have been prevented from
<ruining the trip for everyone, but I couldn't think of a tactic
<for doing this. Any ideas for next year?
Threats only work if the child knows that the threat will actually be
carried out. In this case, it may already be too late for this Scout to
learn the consequences of unacceptable behavior. But, my guess is that
you will have an opportunity to teach him on a weekend camp-out. Tell
him the consequences once and make him suffer the consequences the
second time he causes problems. Next summer camp won't be a problem.
You will get a lot of mileage from one carried out threat for years to
come as the Scouts pass on the story from "generation-to-generation."
SM Troop 292 Mobile, AL
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City