Parents that have run out of options are very temped to use Scouts as a disciplinary tool to control their son.
Most kids DO make poor choices about behavior and not doing homework and we are fully aware
of the challenges a parent faces when trying to control their children in these situations.
But please keep in mind that Scouting is an important influence on their lives, and not something that should be taken
away as a punishment for bad grades or behavior. We are here to help when we can, but grounding your son from
Scouts may have harmful side effects on his advancement and sometimes the entire troop.
While we do have some activities that are 100% fun, we also have many events and meetings
that would severely hurt advancement opportunities by his absence.
This is especially true when they are new and under the rank of 1st Class.
Please consider the following suggestions when grounding your son from Scouting:
Weekly meetings: During almost every Troop meeting we provide an instruction assist them along
their advancement trail. Perhaps allow your son to come but make it clear he must sit out during the game.
Bring your son in and speak to a leader that will be attending the entire meeting so we understand why
he needs to not participate. Or even better yet, stick around yourself!
Weekend Campouts: The patrol is graded on participation. Some campouts are fun, but most involve
some sort of instruction too. Evaluate the kind of campout with a leader to find out how what kinds
of learning activities your son may be missing.
Summer Camp: is the most important activity of the year. It is critical that every Scout attends.
When someone misses a year at camp it will severely impact his ability to 'keep up' his advancement
with the other Scouts his same age! In addition it can eliminate him from becoming an OA member
the following year. Summer Camp gives the boys a week of non-stop Scouting experiences.
They will get to fellowship with hundreds of other Scouts, work on Merit Badges, swim,
hike, shoot, boat, skits, campfires and build upon the Scout Oath and Law.
They will make fond memories that will last a lifetime! If you are REALLY struggling with a need
to punish your son, perhaps he could miss all the "Free Swims"
Fun Events: We do have some events that are just fun only. These might include rock climbing, a hike or summer swimming.
These events would be fine to use as a punishment for behavior issues or poor grades.
Remember that part of growing up includes learning responsibility. This includes being part of a Patrol or especially if you are a junior leader to the Troop!