Re: Homesick scouts
Lynn Whited (whited@ASTROSUN.TN.CORNELL.EDU)
Fri, 8 Jul 1994 11:36:11 EDT
Michelle Longley writes:
>Bob McGwier writes:
>> .... You are not a baby sitter, and scouts at any level
>> is a privelege and not a right. In the troop and pack I am associated with,
>> the kids whose parents do not participate in any way don't either....
>I do not agree with this. While I realize that parent participation is
>important, I do not believe the kids should be excluded from
>scouting because their parents will not help. As I have had
>similar problems, I know how frustrating "phantom parents" can be.
>Sometimes -- the kids with the "pantoms parents" are the ones that
>can benefit the most from scouting.
I think this points out one of the differences between Boy Scouting and Girl
Scouting. Boy Scout troops expect more from parents, than Girl Scout Troops
do (read more participation). Although the Girl Scout Leaders I know, would
very much like more input and participation from the parents, very few troops
actually get it. There is a provision for a troop committee in GS, but I
don't know of any troops in our area that uses one. It is something our
troop is going to rectify next fall...I know it is going to be a big
headache getting it off the ground, but I think the rewards are will be
worth it in the end.
By the way, I went to a night troop originally, to avoid being a babysiter
for after school. My first troop (back in '87) met after school, we had
24 girls (Brownies). The next year my co-leader and I split the troop up,
I moved the exsisting troop to nights and he started a "new" troop at the same
time/place as the old troop. I had 8 girls move with me, his increased to 36
girls. We had alot more parent participation, we became a more active troop.
My co-leaders troop, increased in the number of kids there for babysitting.
He quit leading the troop the next year. This year, I again had a Brownie
troop, and we meet at night. This past year we had 21 girls registered (an
increase from 16 the previous year). And we get quite a bit of support from
the parents. Actually, it was a parent that suggested we take an active roll
in getting the parents more active in our troop. Any suggestions on how to
get an active and effective troop committe off the ground would be appreciated.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City