As we prepare to go to summer camp and the joys of summer high adventure, now is a good time to reflect on discipline in scouting. Discipline in scouting is easy: we don’t do it.
Is that so?
Well, let me be clearer. Dictionary.com offers this definition:
Scouting clearly seeks to create a “disciplined” scout, in accordance with definitions 1, 2, 4, or 5. In these you can have the “discipline of scouting” as the rules and expectations of scouting.
Scouting does not do definition number 3. In this definition you get the sense of discipline as punishment. We don’t do punishment.
When you are faced with a scout who does not wish to comply with your unit’s expectations, what do you do?
I would recommend starting with an overview article by Clarke Green at ScoutmasterCG.com. With this quick overview, you can then dig into his larger analysis of expectation management and disciplines.
Discipline or punishment is handled by the parents. For other questions, Clarke clarifies many questions.