Just got done with my YPT. I have nothing against what is in there, but I would like to see one thing added, non-sexual child abuse and why we can’t allow it, e.g. generalized corporal punishment. The famous or rather infamous “Board of Education” like the one here, https://images.app.goo.gl/t2NbUt4Jt54MBZ3z6, is a prime example of how not to discipline the youth as it is corporal punishment. FIY, despite being a child from the 90’s to noughts this actually was happen to me by my own father.
This is a very very good point. There were some things that were common in the past but completely against our current YPT standards. It would be great to include a slide or 2 to lay those out and make it clear they are not allowed.
I didn’t include the standard “national doesn’t monitor these forums”. There is a spot to post questions of a YPT / Safety nature. Here is the url. I have had a response to questions in the past. It may take a few weeks, but I did get a response. So, the form on this link is monitored.
Got Questions? | Boy Scouts of America (scouting.org)
This kind of feedback might be good to push up the chain via your council Youth Protection Champion (and no, I didn’t make the title up).
ETA: @Matt.Johnson beat me to the YPT questions and comments form. :^)
- Youth Protection Champions: Who they are, and why you should care - Bryan on Scouting (scoutingmagazine.org), April 2013
- Youth Protection Champion/Member of Unit Committee - Position Description (scouting.org), March 2013
- District Committee Youth Protection Champion - Position Description (scouting.org), March 2013
- Council Youth Protection Champion/Chair/Committee - Position Description (scouting.org), March 2013
“Corporal punishment in public schools is legal in nineteen states in the U.S. Over 100,000 students are disciplined with corporal punishment in public schools each year.” per
- Gershoff E, Sattler KMP, Holden GW. "School Corporal Punishment and Its Associations with Achievement and Adjustment+. J Appl Dev Psychol. 2019 Jul-Aug;63:1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.appdev.2019.05.004. Epub 2019 May 28. PMID: 32764838; PMCID: PMC7405866.
I am not sure yet where the BSA policy is documented.
Discipline must be constructive.
- Discipline must reflect Scouting’s values.
- Corporal punishment is never permitted.
- Disciplinary activities involving isolation, humiliation, or ridicule are also prohibited.
That quote is from the online version of Guide to Safe Scouting, Chapter I, “Youth Protection and Adult Leadership”, 34416, ISBN 978-0-8395-4416-6, ©2021 Boy Scouts of America
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