Discipline Guidelines

We focus on positive reinforcement and constructive discipline. We work to inspire, encourage, inform, exhort and support our Scouts. These are the right tools for the job, and they work nearly every time for any boy who wants to be a Scout.

We don’t deal in negative reinforcement.

  • We don’t hold the threat of punishment over Scouts, that’s not our job.
  • We don’t withhold advancement to teach them a lesson.
  • The Scout oath and law are our rules of conduct.
  • We don’t deal in demerits and suspensions and probations.

“ Discipline is not gained by punishing a child for a bad habit, but by substituting a better occupation, that will absorb his attention, and gradually lead him to forget and abandon the old one.” –  Baden-Powell

“If a boy is given sufficient positive reinforcement for appropriate behavior, positive behavior will usually continue.”  - Scoutmaster’s Handbook 

  1. Discipline for minor infractions will be enforced by the Patrol Leader, the Senior Patrol Leader and the Patrol Leaders' Council. The PLC may take such action as it sees fit with the guidance of the Scoutmaster, including warnings, sending the Scout home or other disciplinary actions. In no case, is corporal punishment or hazing allowed. All such discipline must be in accordance with the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  2. If the inappropriate behavior continues and/or the Patrol Leaders' Council is unable to deal with the discipline problem, the Scoutmaster will become involved and take the appropriate action.
  3. The unit committee will review repetitive or serious incidents of misbehavior in consultation with the parents of the child to determine a course of corrective action including possible revocation of the youth’s membership in the unit

See Youth Member Behavior Guidelines for a thurough discussion.



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