Bullying, it’s not part of Scouting
Scouts respecting others through positive relationships
A scout is considerate
Loyal and respectful
What might bullying look like in your troop?
As a patrol leader or and assistant patrol leader what can you do to minimise any behaviour that is not appropriate for Scouts?
If you are a Patrol Leader, one of your responsibilities is to ensure that your Patrol members abide by the Scout Law and Promise. You must also abide by this, as must your Leaders and anyone else who has made the Scout promise.
There are many reasons someone might bully. There is never an excuse for bullying, but there is often a reason. Sometimes people who bully have themselves been bullied; sometimes they are jealous; and sometimes they don’t know how else to interact. This means that you can’t always deal with someone who is bullying in the same way.
First of all, talk to them. They may not even realise that they are hurting people with what they say or do. They may also be bullying you or someone else because they themselves are hurt by something, and they don’t know how else to react. If you aren’t comfortable talking to them, or this doesn’t help, you should speak to your PL. If you do not feel comfortable speaking to them, speak to another PL, or your Leaders. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to any of these people, see if your parents, guardians, or another member of your Troop will help you speak to them. If not, we have included a list of other people you can speak to at the end of this document.
The diagram on the final page of this document shows who you should speak to and when. You can ask your parents or guardians for help at any stage, but they should never approach a youth member in your Troop directly. If you feel uncomfortable speaking to any person in this diagram, skip them and go to the next person.