Sadly, many of our youth today face being bullied by their peers. In fact, it has become one of the most common problems at our schools and has occasionally continued into Scouting units if the warning signs go unnoticed. Current studies show that one-third of our youth are bullied in school at least once a month. While at one time it was considered a rite of passage, parents, educators, and community leaders now recognize bullying as a devastating form of abuse that continues to affect those who are bullied long after the abuse stops.
We all must keep a vigilant eye out in our units to make sure that this often unreported abuse doesn’t creep into our packs, troops, and crews. We all owe it to the youth we serve to offer the safest and most positive environment available. Please download and print the following two pamphlets on the subjects of bullying and cyber bullying, then share them with your youth, their parents, and their leaders: