scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: PLC or Committee?
Fred Heilbrunn (Lilchpn125@AOL.COM
Wed Mar 08 2000 - 10:24:39 CST
Darryl is right. The Patrol Leaders Council members should handle all
disciplinary issues in which they are a) not personally involved and b)
competently trained to handle. Adults need to step in only if it is beyond
the scope of the youth to deal with (and that includes when they overdo it).
Congratulations to Scout A for reporting it to both the Senior Patrol Leader
and the Scoutmaster; both need to know of all such incidents at all times
regardless of who needs to take action.
I note that no mention is made of exactly what disciplinary action is
contemplated. I would hope that Scout B is properly counseled about the Scout
Oath and Law and made to realize the importance of temper control. Discipline
is about teaching proper behavior -- not inflicting punishment as a revenge.
As a final word, I would advise flexibility. Each situation is different and
some youth leaders (and some adult leaders, too) are more capable than
others. In some instances, adults may have to step in where an otherwise
identical situation, but with competent youth, adults should let it be. Use
some common sense, but allow your junior leaders to try to do their jobs too.
Yours in Scouting,
Scoutmaster, Troop 125
Mount Vernon, WA