This policy reflects the ethos of 259 Stephen Hill Scout Group and has been formally adopted by the Leaders and Group Executive Committee.
We are a very active Scout Group who strives to keep young people engaged in all activities that we do, with many camps and extra activities during the year. As we are so active, we have a large waiting list of young people wanting to attend.
As a result, we have to enforce a Group Policy on Attendance. As a minimum, we would expect 80% attendance during the term. Whilst we appreciate that young people are busy and have other activities and commitments, it is also not fair on those waiting patiently on the waiting list for a place that is not fully utilised by a current member.
If members are not going to attend, then parents/guardians need to inform us in advance. Apologies can be given by phone, text or email. This should be done at the earliest possible time.
When you join Scouts you make your promise, and part of that promise is to keep to the Scout Law. The third Scout Law is “A Scout is friendly and considerate” and the seventh Scout Law is “A Scout has self-respect and respect for others”. You have to try your best to keep to the Scout Laws, and whilst at Scouts, this means that you have to show respect to both the Scouts at the Troop and the helpers and Leaders. We encourage children to take responsibility for their own actions, developing self-discipline, respect for themselves, others and the environment. This creates a happy, caring group, which enables effective skills and learning to take place. We do not tolerate bullying, name calling or put downs to any member of the Scout Group. We support children in such instances to consider their actions and the feelings of others.
There are 3 levels of misbehaviour:
Leaders will always make a professional decision and adopt the most appropriate strategies to deal with the situation. Typically, instances will be escalated as follows:
Use of a Verbal Warning, clearly explaining what behaviour is unacceptable and the positive outcomes of maintaining the expected behaviour. A verbal warning will be given for low level disruption (1). Two verbal warnings will result in a yellow card.
A yellow caution card may be issued if the request is ignored, to remind the child non-verbally that their behaviour is unacceptable and disrupting the enjoyment of others. A yellow card will be filled out and the behaviour incident recorded. Yellow cards are kept for the remainder of the half term (unless it is issued in the last three weeks), after which the scout will have a "clean slate". A yellow card will be given for consistent disruptions (2), only after the verbal warning. Two yellow cards in a half term will result in a red card.
A red card may be issued if the behaviour continues with the explanation that the child had been asked repeatedly to settle the activity at hand. Parents will be formally informed. A red card will be given straight away in any instance of repeated unkindess (3), even if the scout has not been given two yellow cards.
Consistent inappropriate and bad behaviour will ultimately result in parents being asked in to discuss their child's behaviour which could result in the child being asked to leave.
If the scout feels they have been unfavourably issued a yellow or red card, then they have the right to appeal the decision with the Group Scout Leader. Any appeal must be made within five days of the sanction being given.
The Leadership Team reserve the right to ask any Scout to leave the group as a result of inappropriate behaviour.
Emphasis is placed on encouraging positive behaviour, rather than admonishing inappropriate behaviour.
We encourage positive behaviour by a range of various non-verbal cues.
Green cards will be given out by Leaders to Scouts who are ably keeping and demonstrating they are following the Scout Laws, and to Scouts whose behaviour needs celebrating. Scouts who have received a green card will be rewarded at the end of each term by way of a special event or activity.
Bullying is where one person (or group) is deliberately and knowingly hurting another, mentally and / or physically, for fun or “just because they can”. Bullying is not usually a “one off” incident but happens on repeated occasions. The victim has their confidence so undermined that they allow this to continue and feel powerless to stop the torment.
Sadly, bullying happens in all walks of life –for adults as well as children and can be motivated by any of a number of influences including (but not exclusive to:) racism, sexism, physical disability or religious prejudices. 259 Stephen Hill Scout Group takes a very dim view on any forms of bullying.
Bullying is not:
These are to:
We are very sensitive to bullying and make it a priority to support children as soon as we find out about any issues. We work with the children to develop their self-esteem and resilience which, in turn, equips them with the skills to be tolerant of others. All members of the Scout Group will be encouraged to report incidents of bullying to the Section Leader and Group Scout Leader. Appropriate action will be taken: