Maintaining Good Order
Reputation is built on how a man acts in front of others. Character is defined by how he acts when he is on his own. Character is what counts, and it is built on self-discipline.
Without self-discipline, there is no real discipline. While self-discipline is certainly a critical component of maintaining good order, that is not the primary driver in instilling it in our Cadets.
The major reason for encouraging self-discipline in our students is because we know how critical that trait will be for them as they drive toward success in life. Whether it be excelling at college, cultivating warm and supportive relationships or finding the career path they were meant to follow, self-discipline will be a major component of the level of gratitude they realize.
And when a Cadet can't muster up that self-discipline? Well, we have ways to help there. Check them out by going to the next tab in this section, "Invoked Discipline."
The plain fact of the matter is that we develop young men. And young men sometimes allow their exuberance to get the better of them.
Sometimes, young men want to sleep in, rather than attend class. And it didn't take us 110 years of teaching to realize that sometimes young men get overly talkative in class.
We do our best to invoke discipline only when it is needed. Furthermore, we aim to do so in a timely and even-handed fashion with the goal of ensuring any student who has misbehaved understands why he is experiencing such ramifications.
Our discipline system is based primarily on the issuance of demerits, which may be issued by peer leaders, as well as Benedictine faculty and staff. They may be issued for minor infractions of school policy, such as being tardy to class or for a uniform infraction.
They may also be issued, in larger quantities, for major infractions, such as classroom disruption or use of inappropriate language. Accumulating demerits is unwise. Should a Cadet build up a large enough tally, he will find himself marching off some of his account after school. He may also find himself meeting with a board of his peers to discuss what he can do differently to turn things around. The most draconian result may be a behavioral contract between the student, his parents and the school's commandant. Some might call this a "Get-Well Plan."
Again, while we do have the means to invoke discipline, we feel the best way to realize it is via the self. And that is what we emphasize at Benedictine.
We'd like to tell you that the STEDAC is a clever acronym, standing for something like Standard Text Educating and Developing All Cadets. But, that wouldn't be the case. It is actually "CADETS" spelled backward.
It is a smallish handbook that comes in quite handy, particularly during a student's first year at Benedictine. It provides guidance in the following areas:
- Uniform and appearance
- Rank insignia
- Staff and company colors
- Map of formation
- Chains of command
- Orientation, Big Brother program
- Mandatory events
- Daily Prayer of a Cadet
- Cadet creed
- BCP Fight Song, Alma Mater
- BCP traditions and history
And it's all jammed into a pocket-sized pamphlet that's a mere 19 pages!