Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Discipline
Thu, 16 Dec 1999 10:43:16 -0600
At 12:06 PM 12/15/99 -0500, Darryl Hammill wrote:
>I need your collective advice. We (our Troop's Committee) is putting the
>finishing touches on our Troop By-Laws. Unfortunately, we are stumbling
>over one last part of the by-laws; specifically discipline.
Can't help you with the BSA policy but I'm sure some more knowledgable
people here can do that. Here's what our Troop did. We had a problem a
few years ago and several of us sat down and hammered this out.
TROOP 736 MEMBERSHIP AGREEMENT
As a Scout in Troop 736 I promise to
Abide by the Scout Oath & Law, the rules of the Boy Scouts of America
and the laws of the United States and the State of Wisconsin.
Partipate in meetings, campouts & other activities.
Show respect to youth leaders, adults & other Scouts.
Wear the uniform proudly.
Pay dues promptly.
Not engage in actions which may be harmful to others.
Do my best in any Patrol or Troop position I am elected or appointed to.
As a parent or guardian of a Scout in Troop 736 I promise to support my son
and his Troop. I will:
Encourage and assist my son in his Scout activities.
Attend Committee meetings and Courts of Honor.
Participate in meetings, campouts & other activities.
Provide transportation, supervision & other assistance.
We understand that failure to abide by this agreement may result in a
Scouts' calling his parents to be picked up from a meeting, campout or
Scout's signature date
Parent's signature date
Our reasoning was:
1--we wanted to stress the Oath & Law
2--we wanted to involve the parents
3--we made it fairly vague on purpose. We discussed having a list of
"Don't do this, don't do that, etc." and decided on this approach instead.
A list of negatives can send the wrong message. Also there's the danger
that some budding young lawyer would say "The policy doesn't mention
[whatever] so I thought it was OK".
Hope this helps
Mark W. Arend, Scoutmaster
Beaver Dam, Wisc.