Re: Parents ban Scouting as discipline
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Fri, 25 Apr 1997 16:02:09 -0400
Patricia Pearson wrote, in part:
> You as a parent would not want someone to walk up to you to say that you
> cannot displine your child (not punish). Why do you plan to do that to
> another parent? Yes, I do know the importance of scouting.
Patty, I don't think anyone has suggested that anyone TELL the parents
what they can or can't do for discipline. That's a given. However, it
IS within the right of the unit to set participation requirements
(attendance prior to camping trips, for example) that might work a
special hardship on the Scout if parental discipline interfered.
Further, there is nothing wrong with a Scouter counselling the parents
when the proposed discipline would have a negative impact on either the
Scout or the unit (pulling the SPL just before a planned activity in
which he was to play a critical part, for example).
IMHO, Scouting is NOT the best activity to withhold from a boy who has
obviously done something wrong. As the original post noted, the
"grounded" Scout was allowed to hang out with some undesirable types.
What activity can you think of that would, on average, be better than
Scouting to encourage a return to proper behaviour? Scouting is not a
"dessert"-type activity, to be withheld if you "clean your plate," but
more like meat-and-potatoes, or a vitamin pill!
Steve on Cattail Creek
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City