Re: Appropriate Consequences
Drew Hagemann (hagemann@VISI.NET)
Sat, 4 Apr 1998 21:18:01 -0500
I think you did the right thing by sending the Scout home that night.
In addition, I recommend that you bring the offending Scout before the
full Patrol Leader's Council for a disciplinary hearing. To broadcast
the message in plain text to your boys, conduct the PLC meeting during
the Troop meeting.
As to consequences, let the "green bar" Scouts work on the problem -
they'll be very creative. That said, you must temper their zeal by
toning down their bound-to-be-too-harsh punishments. Is this the kid's
first infraction? If so, put him on probation for a time, subject to
immediate suspension from all Troop activities (except the meeting) for
a set time if he resorts to physical violence again.
Be sure to do what you say you'll do. Don't threaten punishment unless
you mean to execute that punishment. Ask the Scout to sign a paper that
explains what bad things he did and what the concomitant punishments
are. This formalizes the punishment and makes enforcement a bit easier.
And don't let this one slide. If you do, the "borderline" Scouts will
see that as a license to act as badly as they wish.
Andrew Hagemann, Eagle '69 <email@example.com>
SA, New Scout Patrol, Troop 6
Colonial Virginia Council, Newport News, VA
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