Charles R. Batteau (charles.r.batteau@BELLATLANTIC.COM)
Sun, 23 Nov 1997 19:13:36 -0500
David Garlitz asked
> I would like to know what forms of discipline you use on your
> troop/packs other than saying "STOP" or "Sit in the corner." My
> troop has done this and we are not getting any progress.
We (along with probably every other troop) have had trouble with
discipline. I would suggest doing the following:
1. Discuss discipline and leadership with the PLC. A troop JLT
session is the best time for this.
2. Discuss it with the troop. Remind them that THEY elected the SPL
and PLs -- by electing them they are implicitly agreeing to
follow their elected leaders (even if they, personally, did not
vote for the winner).
3. Establish a rule that if a Scout is disruptive and does not
respond to youth AND adult leadership, he will be required to call his
parents to come and get him -- regardless of whether he's at a meeting,
a campout at your local council camp OR an activity 150 miles away.
(Having the boy make the call is especially effective).
4. Follow the rule. You'll need to use number three only once or
twice before they get the message.
Having said that, remember that these are, for the most part, young
boys. Their attention span is limited and their energy un- <smile>. If
the program is not interesting enough they will find something else to
do -- usually something you'd rather they not do! Look at your program.
If it's too much talk, not enough action, work with the PLC to upgrade
the meetings and campouts so the boys will LOOK FORWARD to them.
Keep us posted!
Chuck Batteau -- SM, Troop 751, Glen Allen VA USA
I used to be an Eagle ...
maybe they meant an hour a DAY! :-)
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