Re: Who should go to Scout Camp?
Michael Cooper (mcooper@MCOOPER.SEANET.COM)
Sat, 10 Aug 1996 01:12:04 +0000
Our troop developed a system of dealing with discipline a few years ago
and it has work very well. Any infraction of conduct is made known to
the Patrol Leaders Council. This council is the Senior Patrol Leader,
ASPL, Guide, and Patrol Leader. They talk to the offending Scout and
any others who might shed light on the circumstances. Then after careful
deliberation they decide on the appropriate action to take. The
offending Scout is then informed and the action is applied.
As Scoutmaster, I stay in the background and only intervene to make sure
the decision of the PLC is appropriate and in keeping with the basic
principles of Scouting. I attend all discipline meeting of this Council
joined by at least one other Adult Leader from the Troop.
I have found the Scouts respond to this method and the number of
incidents have dramatically declined over the past couple of years.
There are some very set guidlines that the PLC must follow which include
the type of action they can take with a Scout. Their options are
limited to clearing the accused of wrong doing, no action, a warning,
issuing points (15 points = Go home), extra duty of meaningful work,
probation from selected activities related to the inappropriate
behavior, or sending the Scout home from the Outing.
Last year we had six seperate council meeting by Monday evening of
Summer Camp. This year we made it completely through Summer Camp with
holding even one council meeting for disciplinary action. The Scouts
are a year older, and a year wiser, and I didn't seem to have many more
gray hairs by the end of Camp.
Scoutmaster, Troop 167 - Brier, WA
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