Our Scout's Code of Conduct - Consequences
Why do we need this?
We actively encourage and reinforce positive behaviour however there must be consequences should a Scout’s behaviour fall below those expected. These have all been drawn up with direct input from the Scouts themselves.
It's important to note that if a Scout is given a Yellow Card that they will have every opportunity during the rest of the meeting to demonstrate that they made a mistake and to put it right and we'll very happily tear up the Yellow Card and that will be an end to it.
And if the Scout feels that there was information we didn't know then they are welcome to appeal the card. Similarly if a Scout sees another Scout receiving a card and feels it is unfair they can, and should, step up to let us know their perspective. We want teamwork and responsible behaviour to be rewarded.
And yes, there are rewards for outstanding behaviour - they are not going to be easy to earn but those are the ones we want to give out.
If the behaviour of a Scout is considered to have fallen below that expected and stated, the Scout will be given a verbal warning by a Leader.
They will be told to stop whatever they are doing and warned what will happen if they don’t comply.
Examples of unacceptable behaviour could be: -
- Continual talking, or verbal disruption when a ‘Leader’ has asked for quiet.
- Continuing with unacceptable or disruptive behavior after being directly told to stop.
- Persistent refusal to follow instructions, or the rules of a game
If a verbal warning is ignored, the Scout will be issued with a Yellow Card.
The Section Leader will record the name and details of the incident and the Scout will be given the card to have it signed by their parents. The card must be returned with the parent’s signature at the next meeting for the Scout to be able to return.
The Scout will sit out the next 10 minutes of any activity. Depending on the incident the punishment may involve a longer time in the ‘sin bin’ e.g. until the end of a particular game or programme activity.
More serious bad behaviour could result in an immediate Yellow Card.
Examples of this type of behaviour include: -
- Threatening language or behaviour but not involving use of physical violence
- Careless disregard of property leading to its damage.
- Challenging the authority of a Leader or Helper.
If the Scout receives a second Yellow Card on the same night they will receive a Red Card. Alternatively three Yellow Cards in a term will also mean the Scout receives a Red Card.
Again, name and details of issue will be recorded and the Scout will not be allowed to take any further part in that evening’s Troop meeting.
Depending on the situation the Section Leader may send for the parent/guardian to collect their child early.
Certain offences could result in the immediate issue of a Red Card.
Examples of these include: -
- Bullying or physical unprovoked attack on another Group Member.
- Blatant vandalism to property or equipment
- Deliberate defiance of clearly given instructions - particularly where safety is threatened
If a Scout receives a Red Card the Leader will talk with their parents and request that they be withheld from the next meeting and will have their invitation to attend Camps, outings or activities away from the Scout Hut for the rest of that month or the following month withdrawn. The Scout Leader will also report the Scout to the Group Section Leader.
Any money paid for trips or camps will be returned as long as the Troop has not already paid a deposit for their place.
In some cases the Section Leader may also request a letter of apology.
The purpose of requesting that the Scout not attend is to allow the individual to consider whether they wish to continue as part of the Scout movement (on our terms) or whether they would rather leave to try other activities.