I started a blog post about how a scout within the pack has decided to leave due to what I believe is related to bullying. I however could and can be wrong about this. From what I have re-read in some of the emails is that he felt like an outsider because the boys did not include him in activities, others complimented their friends and is not good in sports.
Because of this, I have reached out to the parents of the Scout letting them know that I, as Cubmaster know and am concerned about them and their Scout. While I am in charge of the program of the Pack, I am also to help guide the scouts in goodwill and support the Den Leaders. This is such a case.
We as Scouters are charged with helping those within the Cubscout Pack to help them in Character Development. Within the Cub Scout 12 Core Values, Compassion, Honesty and Respect are key. These values are reflected directly within the Boy Scout program in the Scout Law. A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
As shown from Scouting.org’s website:
Being kind and considerate, and showing concern for the well-being of others.
Being brave and doing what is right regardless of our fears, the difficulties, or the consequences.
Showing regard for the worth of something or someone.
However, what can Leaders and Parents do about Bullying. From the story from Scouting Magazine “The Troop Bully”. “Find the PowerPoint presentation “Bullying: Prevention and Intervention Tips for Scout Leaders and Parents” at scouting.org/filestore/ppt/bullyingprevention.ppt.” Hindsight is 20/20 and when reading the PPT, it is clear that bullying happens within the pack. But it is also apparent that there are things that “WE’ as Scout Leaders need to do within the Pack. Our Webelos and Bears recently viewed “It Happened to Me”. While that was great and we got the boys to start to understand what Youth Protection is all about, we as Scouters (in any unit too) need to look at ourselves and be aware.
Because of this incident and what I have been reading, this months Pack Meeting will still go on as planned, but will include a segment of what the Cubscout Promise and The Law of the Pack is and how we need to live it. I am hoping to only speak about it for 5 minutes or so. Call it an elongated Cubmaster’s Minute, but I will start it off with the Cubscout Promise and The Law of the Pack.
Overall, it saddens me that a boy has ended his Scouting life due to bullies.