The first problem: this sounds like a large MB class. That is not how the program is meant to be delivered. MB counseling was designed for a counselor with a couple of boys (it used to be 1-on-1 before the need for youth protection) – precisely for those misbehaving scouts who just wreck group situations, or for those counselors who aren’t trained educators. Honestly, if the class size was more than a patrol or two, it’s pushing the capacity of the program to deliver on the promise of scouting for each scout participating. You are very fortunate to have a child who can get a lot out of a large-group presentation. But when that becomes the default way to deliver counseling, it does no favors to the many boys who simply can’t handle one more hour of school in the week.
Now that that rant’s over …
I have never hesitated to do any of the following:
- Have my SPL get in touch with that troop’s SPL about the scout’s conduct.
- Encourage the counselor to remove the scouts from the class. (That’s a lot easier to do from my position.)
- Send them to the event organisor and find a service project or something else more motor-involved instead of the MB course.
- Ask the scout the name of their SM. Call him/her immediately. (Actually, many times the problem goes away the minute I ask.)
One thing I never did was E-mail about matters of discipline. Part of the fellowship of scouting is sitting together a talking about how to bring our kids up strong and good.