Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Rough Scout
Re: Rough Scout
Mon, 15 Feb 1999 20:24:14 PST
>Boy has been in Scouts since Cubs. He is constantly causing trouble or
>getting into trouble at most outings and some meetings. He has thrown
>boys into the mud and ruined their clothes, he has broken a boy's
>glasses, twice, he has locked a boy in the porta-john and either turned
>it over or tried to turn it over with a boy inside, he has kicked
>in their privates and other body parts, he has hurt a Scout with a rope
>and these are just a few known cases. Many times his parent/parents
>been present. This boy has been put on probationary periods yet the
>same things still occur. How much and how long should this be
>to take place?
>His actions have a few parents concerned. He is about 11 or 12 and
>large for his size and not sure if he knows his own strength. He seems
>to uses his size to his advantage with the bullying. I have just
>become a leader in the Troop along with my husband. I don't think
>anyone really knows how to handle this situation but something needs to
>be done to get the message across that this type of behavior is totally
>inappropriate. There are no other boys behaving in this manner. We
>hosting a future Scouting district event in the next few weeks so there
>is no telling what he will pull next.
I can sympathize with your situation (although when I had to deal
witht his I was still youth). We also had a troublesome scout in our
unit that exhibited many of the behaviors that you have indicated. The
first step in the process is for the Scoutmaster to talk to the boy in a
one-on-one conference. The Scoutmaster should explain to the boy that
what he is doing is wrong, and have the scout make at least a verbal
commitment to improve his behavior. If the scout refuses to commit to
this then the Scoutmaster should suggest that the boy find another unit
to join (he may even offer to help).
All of the adult leaders should also be making an effort, when ever
any individual situation presents itself they should immediately take
action. They should remind the scout that their actions "... are
un-scout-like, and violate the **th point of the scout law." I have
found this to be effective in curbing some of the undesirable behavior.
Also, the SPL should be encouraged to try to make the troublesome
scout feel more accepted and at home in his patrol and in the troop. (I
have seen some scouts that begin to act this way simply because they
feel left out). If the Scoutmaster's talk with the boy doesn't bring
about any changes then the next step is to talk to the parent(s) and the
boy in a conference setting (possibly even including the CC). Many boys
act up at scouting events/functions due to lack of attention at home.
The Scoutmaster needs to get the parent's commitment to help alleviate
the problem. If the parent's refuse to commit then he should suggest to
them that perhaps the scout needs to find a new unit.
In the situation which I had to deal with the scout's behavior
never improved (in fact it worsened). At some point (this point will
obviously be different for each individual) the Scoutmaster has to
decide that the boy is posing a threat to the health and well-being of
the other scouts. Once this happens (and it appears that the situation
above has reached this point) the Scoutmaster needs to talk to the
committee about asking the boy to leave and/or simply kicking th boy out
of the troop.
I realize that this may seem a bit harsh, but in my old troop that
is what it came down to. As unfortunate as it was (I hate to lose scout
as much as the next guy) it was for the betterment of the unit as a
I hope this helps.
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 207
Brotherhood, Aina Topa Hutsi #60
Alamo Area Council
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