Re: PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT
Gerald Demontgny (gdemontg@CCS.CARLETON.CA)
Mon, 6 Jun 1994 12:15:46 EDT
lollman karen j writes:
> When I was first a Webelos leader, we also had a group of "not-me" parents.
This is a fascinating issue for me. Over the years we have been very
fortunate at involving parents with our pack, sometimes to the point
of having a surplus richness of parental involvement. At any camp we
have averaged one to two parental volunteers, and at fundraisers most
parents turn up for a shift of a couple of hours at least. Yet,
having said this there are some parents who refuse to help, or when
they do show up do as little as possible. Just this weekend I put a
request out to the parents for firewood. I knew that one parent had a
garage full of wood, not to mention a sizable tree in his yard which
had just been cut down. I placed a special call to him to see if he
could donate some wood. Sure enough he did, when I returned from an
outing I spied about half a dozen twigs,
about 2" in diameter sitting against my garage door. I was certainly impressed!
But after my wife
calmed me down, and reminded me that it was my blood pressure which
was rising, and that I was the one who would suffer, I took some deep
breaths, and became somewhat rational again.
Yet, this weekend while at camp I reflected that hopefully we can
teach this man's son to be more socially responsible. As we all
pitched in to wash dishes, to carry wood, to pick up litter, to play
games, we teach these cubs the importance of helping out. Yet, inside
me I do feel sad, for this boys father just will not become involved
in his life, and not just with cubs but with other areas as well.
Anyhow, back on track, I find that the best way to get parents
involved is to be friendly and courteous to them, to show interest in
their children, and to provide an exciting program, where they will
enjoy participating as well as their kids. After all, a quick look
around any scout section will show that leaders are just big kids who
want to have fun too.
yours in scouting
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City