Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: discipline
Fri, 17 Dec 1999 09:31:55 -0600
I must concur with others that the Scout Oath and Law are the best statement
you can make about discipline. Then when an obvious problem surfaces, turn
the situation over to the PLC for evaluation, judgement, response. The
Scoutmaster or other leader may have to intervene in the immediate situation
to stop it ..a fight, taunting, whatever. But, let the boy leadership learn
from the exeperience and let the offender learn from his peers what is
Make it clear to parents up front, when the boy joins, about the process.
And keep them informed when the process is implemented.
Our troop has very little in its handbook about bylaws. But, when we have a
specific event, such as a major backbacking trip, we will implement some
"don'ts" such as "no radios or walkmen" and leave everything else to an
expressed statement that the Scout Oath and Law governs our activity. We
tell the Scouts to conduct themselves in a way that reflects well upon
themselves and the troop.
By the way, when a boy breaks the rule on electronic games, the usual
punishment is to take the batteries away and the Scout still has to carry
the weight of the item. :-)
High Adventure Leader
Troop 59, Venture Post 2159