Even though Plast life is a continual self-development, there still exist problems of breaking the rules or not fulfilling the chores, and in Plast the reaction to such things is thought about. It is an attempt to help Plast members to stop their negative or not normal behavior.
In Plast there is no physical punishment for any rules breakage or not keeping to the requirements. Instead the system of warnings is used.
Warning - is a method of showing a Plast member his little sins, a chance to stop and think about them and to change.
There are three formal warnings that are given accordingly to the turn of being given or how serious the guilt was: first warning is the easiest one and the third one - the hardest, it means being excluded (crossed out) from Plast.
The biggest punishment in Plast is being excluded (crossed out) of Plast members:
- A person who has been excluded can be renewed in membership during a year without losing all of success, gained by the person during his Plast life
- People who had been crossed out of Plast can never come back to it.
Warnings in Cub Scouts which are given by mentor are a method of fighting any kinds of disobedience and bad behavior. If warnings do not bring any success then in agreement of Novak’s parents mentor can exclude Novak from the circle. Then he can renew himself without losing his degree.
System of warnings in Regular Scours is giving a notice to the fact that Plast member is crossing his free-will obligation to keep to the Plast duties and Law. The way in which warnings are used in Plast and what is the reaction to breaking the rule, has a big influence on creation of self-discipline. Here are the main principles that mentors or even Plast members themselves use to correct the behavior of certain people (extract from “Life in Plast” book):
- “Before blaming anyone you have to listen to him first (and also other witnesses). You have to be impassionate and ready to receive all the messages so you can fairly evaluate the actions of a guilty person;
- You can never criticize the person but only the action that the person has done (“You have done a bad thing” but not “You’re stupid”);
- Plast methods forbid physical or psychological punishments; punishments which contain revenge (“punishment in sake of punishment”), or punishments that derogate someone’s dignity;
- Sometimes for certain faults we give Plast members to do a certain work and by that we partially leave useful and necessary work, that every Plast member has to fulfill gladly, - priceless. We have to be careful so we don’t leave this work priceless (for example, when the pit is being prepared by people who have done something bad does this mean that this job is secondary and unfit and we have to keep away from it?). Instead of giving somebody some work, it is better to exclude him out of certain activities (taking a part in game, bonfire);
- The main goal of our reaction on rules breakage has to be positive influence on youth; Plast members have to realize what their mistake was and what the consequences are. The goal is not to humiliate a person but to take care of the problem not being repeated again;
- You have to understand why youth is breaking the rules.