Unfortunately, the prevalence of bullying among children and teenagers is shocking. Researchers report that 70% of students have experienced bullying at some point, and 14% of those students believe that bullying has had an extreme impact on their lives.
The values of Scouting make it clear that bullying cannot be tolerated. Scout leaders have a unique opportunity to teach respect and acceptance of others and send a strong message to our Scouts that bullying, harassment or cyberbullying will not be tolerated in our program.
Starting in January of 2008, the advancement requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class have changed.
Requirement 9b has changed and now reads: Explain the importance of the buddy system asit relates to your personal safety on outings and in your neighborhood. Describe what a bully is and how you should respond to one.
Requirement 8b has changed and now reads: Explain the three R's of personal safety and protection.
First Class requirement #12 is new and reads: Discribe the three things you should avoid doing related to the use of the Internet. Describe a cyberbully and how you should respond to one.
It is important that we enable adult leaders and parents to increase their awareness of the incidence and effect of bullying, create an antibullying culture in our Scouting units and empower Scouts to assist those targeted by bullies wherever it occurs. The following training has been developed to meet these objectives. We encourage each unit to present this training to their adult leaders and parents, so they may be prepared to prevent bullying, provide intervention if it happens, and assist your Scouts in protecting themselves and meeting the new requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class.
Bullying: Prevention and Intervention Tips for Scout Leaders and Parents- Summary
Bullying: Prevention and Intervention Tips for Scout Leaders and Parents- Power Point