Re: What to do with misbehaving scout
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Tue, 31 Mar 1998 22:51:37 -0500
Stoddard, Thomas C. wrote, in part:
> If no remorse is demonstrated, I'd remand him to the troop
> committee for a Board of Review. It is the committee which has
> responsibility to assure policy is followed and that the troop is
> functioning in a "scouting" way, (read adherence to oath and law as well
> as regulation and policy). And, yes, for those unfamiliar, a Board of
> Review can be called any time, Not Only For Rank Advancement. Let the
> Board (Committee) question the boy, determine his willlingness to play
> by the rules, and trust their collective wisdom in dealing with him for
> any further consequences.
I was with you up to this point, Thomas, and am in complete agreement
with the balance of your thoughts, but I have some concern with this
First, a Board of Review MAY be held at any time, and not just for
approving the advancement of a Scout, as you said. However, all BOR's
should be for the purpose of educating the committee about the Scouts'
progress in the Scouting program (and, indirectly, the health of the
Troop's program as seen from the Scouts' perspective), and NOT for
crafting, enforcing or endorsing disciplinary sanctions -- that's for
the PLC, the SM and the ASM's, and NOT for the committee.
I would suggest instead that, regardless of the Scout's reaction, the SM
should determine the next appropriate step -- "probationary" period,
corrective action, etc. -- and work it out with the Scout. Only if the
SM decides to "boot" the Scout or perhaps enforce a long suspension
would I see a review role for the BOR -- sort of a second opinion and a
chance for someone else to review and evaluate the SM's efforts to help
the Scout (and the Scout's response to those efforts) before the Troop
takes the ultimate step.
Of course, the SM should always be able to seek the advice and guidance
of the Troop committee (informally or in a committee meeting) if s/he is
uncertain about the appropriateness of the particular disciplinary
action, but a formal BOR for the Scout should be reserved as a last
chance to work out a means to keep the Scout in Scouting.
Steve on Cattail Creek - email@example.com <Steven G. Tyler>
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