scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: disciplinary dilemma
Ken Thomas (kthomas@NOVA-ENG.COM
Wed Jun 14 2000 - 10:43:26 CDT
I am currently attempting to resolve what has become a long standing
behavioral problem with a scout. It has been a long standing problem
because past scoutmasters have not effectively dealt with the young
man in question. Many incidents have occurred involving the young man
and rarely have any of the incidents been brought forward to the
committee, let alone require the scout in question to apologize for
his actions or be made aware that further incidents will not be
tolerated. As a result I have never felt comfortable considering the young
man eligible for Eagle and a majority of my committee have the same
We experienced an incident which was addressed by an adult (ASM) leader
on the scene. The leader in turn informed me (CC) a day or so later and
I shared the incident with other members of my committee. The predominant
response was something should be done.
The incident involved the scouts' explicit description of having sex with
his girlfriend (he is 15, she is 18). His grammar was reported to have
been very adult-like and explicit. Scouts of both younger and older age
groups were present through the course of his conversation.
I informed our scoutmaster and he came up with the idea of a contract to
help the scout alter his behavior with certain expectations he could
count on if he fulfills his part of the contract or fails to.
The scout in question has managed to attain the Life rank. He is almost
ready to work on his Eagle project. I personally could not vote for the
young man in a Board of Review for Eagle. I would definitely have to
hand pick a board of adults to ensure the young man would get Eagle but
that does not seem right. I believe that if the young man would follow
the terms of the contract he could get his Eagle but the opponents of
the contract claim it is a 'witch hunt'.
I believe the SM and ASM are acting in the scouts best interest and we
can help the young man get his Eagle.
Does the contract seem Ok to those out there? Is it too extreme?
How could we have handled the incident better if we could roll the
Here is the contract:
Life to Eagle Contract
This contract outlines behavior that is appropriate to the standards
of Troop NN and Boy Scouts of America for Eagle scout candidates.
This contract was developed jointly by SCOUT IN QUESTION and Troop NN
scoutmasters SM and ASM and approved by Troop committee. When his
behavior has met these standards consistently and completely for no less
than 4 months, he may begin work on his Eagle scout service project with
written approval of the Scoutmaster and Troop Committee per BSA and
District Eagle guidelines. When all Eagle scout requirements are completed,
it is agreed by the Troop that SCOUT IN QUESTION will be allowed to sit for
an Eagle scoutmaster's conference and Board of review with a favorable
outcome anticipated. Any failure to successfully complete all parts of
this contract can result in a delay of Scoutmaster's conference to
dismissal from the troop dependent on severity of SCOUT IN QUESTIONs
behavior. This contract includes behavior within SCOUT IN QUESTIONs
community and scouts. This reflects the high standards and expectations
that are required of an Eagle scout. SCOUT IN QUESTION will develop
greater patience and maturity through this process.
I will as a family member to my family Do My Best to:
Show respect to everyone. Do what is asked
Listen before talking Do not talk back
Be patient and understanding Be helpful
Do more than is asked Tell no lies
Talk it out before getting mad and acting out
I will as a student act Do My Best to:
Do my best in school each day
No expulsions or detentions
Show good behavior and participation in class
In athletics be a good team member by providing leadership,
complement teammates, and help make others better.
I will as a scout Do My Best to:
Live the scout oath and law
Be accountable for my actions
Be a leader helping all troop members
Be a positive role model
Do what is asked, listen first then respond
React positively to feedback and ideas
Make other scouts and adults feel accepted and welcomed
No put downs, treat all with respect
This contract is confidential and is not to be discussed with
any other scouts. It will be reviewed every month with the scoutmaster
and at the midway point with the committee.
This contract is entered into freely on this date.___________________
SCOUT IN QUESTION_____________________ date_____________________
CC ________________________ date_____________________