Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: How to discipline
Re: How to discipline
Mon, 1 Feb 1999 10:48:24 -0600
Bill & Beth Reiller wrote:
> Our District Training Chair has asked me if I could gather from this list
> different ideas for acceptable discipline.
We have large Troop. This year, our cross-overs seemed to be a particularly
rowdy group and were quite refractory to the Scout Sign. (we were spending a
lot of time with arms upraised)
The Patrol Leaders Council decided to institute a Judicial Board made up of
senior Scouts with the Scoutmaster an ex-officio (and generally mute) member.
Youth leaders carry colored cards that are presented (without fanfare,
silently) to Scouts who are misbehaving. The card requests the Scout's
attendance at the Judicial Board which is held immediately following the
regular Troop meeting.
The boys counsel the Scout on the reasons to maintain decorum, the cost of time
loss to the program (shortened game segment, skills training, outing planning,
...) and appropriate points of the Scout Law. A second infraction leads to a
letter from the Scoutmaster to the parents. The third, a meeting with the
A potent aspect of the Judicial Board is the ride home with parents who've been
kept waiting while their Scout is "boarded"!
It has worked very well for us since the boys instituted this procedure.
Having a panel of big senior Scouts looking stern and acting judicial has had a
positive impact far, far greater than a similar gaggle of adults, a perpetually
nagging Scoutmaster, and ineffectual "punishments".
Your Mileage May Vary.