Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: How to discipline
Re: How to discipline
Mon, 1 Feb 1999 10:39:53 -0800
After 20 years or so of listening to leaders and parents beat each other up
over dicipline I have embraced the following principals.
Never become the boys disciplinarian. Its not in your job desciption.
When a boy acts up (or out) and stops participating in the program then the
leader will send the boy home (as quickly as practical givin the time and
Leader, parent and boy should talk about what happened (soon after) and an
agreement should be made as to how to correct this and become players
When this is done the boy comes back to pack or troop , nothing is said to
others nor is anything written down.
If behavior becomes a problem again the same action is taken.
If behaior escalates in seriousness then the parent may be asked to
personally supervise the boy during meetings or outings and as a last
resort the parent is informed to find another unit that will be more
effective in providing what the boy and parent want from scouting.
You and your leaders then do not become the disciplinarian.
This of course assumes you have prethought actions to be taken when life or
property damage is at stake.
But think about it.
Why are you in scouting?
Why is your boy in scouting?
Why are the other boys in scouting?
When leaders and parents understand why we are doing this the discipline
becomes an unfortunate but non-disruptive process.
Send the boy home when you cannot get his participation . Remember you have
other boys there too and they need your attention .
Anyway, as a commissioner I hear a lot of stories and "you should have
been theres" and giving out this kind of advice has been more receptive
than tyrying to outwit the little *^*%&$^$....
Remember why you are doing this and remember the boy has a parent who has
promised to cooperate with your propgram...when that agreement is breached
you may sent the boy home..
The Scout leaders guides give some insight into child psych and
I strongly suggest you read them (although it sounds like you have been
down those roads already)
If this is of any help ,let me know.
District Commissioner-Thunderbird Distr INWC Spokne WA
> From: Bill & Beth Reiller <reiller@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
> To: SCOUTS-L@LISTSERV.TCU.EDU
> Subject: How to discipline
> Date: Sunday, January 31, 1999 4:44 PM
> Our District Training Chair has asked me if I could gather from this
> list different ideas for acceptable discipline. Youth Protection, Guide
> Safe Scouting and Scoutmaster Fundamentals all talk about unacceptable
> discipline, some of which now fall under hazing. At our upcoming
> Scoutmaster Fundamentals he would like to present a list of ideas for
> acceptable and contstructive measures.
> I would appreciate any and all methods and ideas others use in their
> Beth Reiller