Re: Parental involvement
lollman karen j (lollma@ACC.WUACC.EDU)
Mon, 11 Jul 1994 15:40:10 -0500
Why are some parents more involved than others? Older siblings may have
other committments that the parents are involved in.
I was just browsing through a borrowed Pow-Wow Book, and ran across some
other ideas. Not everyone feels comfortable working with the boys. This
doesn't mean they can't be involved! Some people want to work with the
boys but find all the record-keeping and administrative stuff a real
We also had all den leaders in place for this coming year by the Blue and
Gold Banquet. However, one of our "best volunteers" just spent the
summer coaching 2 little league ball teams. Now he's burned out, and not
sure he wants to lead at all, but he would like to be "an excellent
helper" (his own words). Unfortunately, everyone in that den wants to be
"an excellent helper", but no one wants to be the leader! I suggested
they lead by "committee", with all parents taking the training, and
sharing the "leadership" responsibility.
We had a group of Webelos do this a few years ago with excellent
results. One parent was very good at games, skits, etc,; another did
well with songs; another (former scout) was great at scouting skills, and
all took their turn at meeting planning, badge guidance, etc. The boys
moved on up to BSA and 3 years later are all still active, along with
Our school is a "rural-city" school. Topeka isn't big enough to have
suburbs, so the school has become the center of our "community". Our
parents are called upon time and time again by Scouts, 4-H, school,
church, and we seem to be creating a "community", on the edge of the
city. Our community is also small enough that we see each other
involved, sometimes in a supporting role, other times in a leadership
role. But we know who is and isn't "involved" in either role. Usually,
we also understand why they are not involved, and we provide support to
them. In return, they usually are able to join in.
I grew up in a very small town (500 people), and while other towns were
dying around us, my hometown continues to thrive. Why? Sense of
community, people working *together* to get things done!
Spread your sense of community, making scouting something special to be a
part of, and they will come!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City