Re: Baby Sitters of America
Monica C. Pilman (TACVMCP@VM.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Thu, 20 Sep 1990 08:38:09 CDT
I'm with Joan: parents are not lounging around home between 3:30 and 5pm --
not if they are in a two career family like mine, or in a single parent
family like some of my leaders.
My own son cried when I could not send him to summer day camp for Cub
Scouts this year, but it was impossible for either his Dad or I to get
away from work so early every day (our bosses has a fit at the idea!)
and it was equally impossible to find anyone else we could trust to
pick him up and take care of him until we got home. So far as I am
aware, we did not have any extended hours options at this day camp:
at least I dont' remember reading about it on the applications.
There are very very few housewives and househusbands left in the real
world. I often wish the BSA would take that into account, and alter
programs accordingly. I know several people who staffed the day camp
who used up significant quantities of vacation time to do it! I have
to reserve every day of vacation I get, and end up using them up because
my son has days off from school that his parents do not have off from
work, and one of us has to stay home with him.
This is not the place for this, but I am also of the opinion that school
systems need to adapt to the modern family as well. This business of
starting school at 9AM and ending at 3:30PM, and giving extended holiday
and summer vacations to students wreaks havoc in our lives, as we struggle
to juggle our vacation days and work schedules to compenstate. Why not
hold school during standard business hours with standard business holidays?
Getting more education per year couldn't possibly hurt, and the longer
hours would allow educators to offer programs they can only dream about now.
Similar things could (and should!) be done with many scout programs and
activities, IMHO. I have used vacation time myself to participate in
scouting events, and I know others have too. The extended care program
was a good idea, but a better one would have been to hold day camp from
8 to 5 to begin with.
--- Monica Pilman
Cubmaster, Pack 234
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City