Dr. Steven C. Myers (R1SCM@AKRONVM.BITNET)
Wed, 15 Jun 1994 12:10:33 EDT
On Wed, 15 Jun 1994 04:04:00 UTC C. Findley said:
... a lot of about dealing with irate parents and uncooperative parents
and how the boys are the ones to lose if you push parental involvement.
I've been deleting more than I read lately and was about to "axe" this one
when I notice that the point of the message really relates to me in my
>There ARE parents who do care. As a military family, however, I've seen it
absolutely! Most care, getting them active is another thing.
> My point is, people like that, I don't want around. If
>you REQUIRE parental involvement from people like that, only the children
>lose. I refuse to have any part of that. I'll take any kid. If the
>parents want to help, GREAT. If they don't, I'm not going to compound it
>for the poor kid. Those children need Scouting as much, if not more, than
>any of them. It goes against my Scouting ethics.
It can't be said any better than that. I am currently seeing a
lack of involvement on the part of most parents. Last committee meeting
there was me, my wife (who is over worked in scouting and starting to
get angry and refuse to do the work others ought!), our CC, our UC, and
one ASM. That's only 2 committee people! For a troop of 20!
I want the kid even if the parent doesn't come along!
My wife wants all parents to have to help out. I don't know how to
bridge that! I would really like every parent to come to every
committee meeting, but when I went to 8th grade orientation there were
only 20 parents out of a class of 200-250. So it's not just scouts
its everywhere. Perhaps what we need are more tricks of the trade.
I especially like the one suggested by Chris Schmidt where he as
ASM is the principle one responsible for talking to parents and
getting them active because his SM is way to busy with too many things.
While I think parental schmoozing is a primary function of being SM
there are still too many distractions to make it the primary function.
So Chris, on behalf of Scoutmasters everywhere - thank you for your
Scoutmaster Troop 1 Akron Ohio
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City