Re: New SPL's Parents
Bob Sargeant (SARGEANT@CUA.EDU)
Tue, 4 Oct 1994 22:39:05 -0400
I just read the posting regarding the incident in which a boy's parents
did not know that he was elected to be the troop SPL. One of the respondants
said that his troop nominated the candidates for SPL one meeting and elected
the SPL the following meeting. In between the SM called the boy's parents to
explain the responsibilities of the position and to ask if the parents would
support the boy if he were elected. The poster stated that if the parents did
not indicate that they would support their scout, then the SM would pull the
boy's name. I fully support the communication to the parents to explain the
expectations that will be placed on the scout. I too feel that parental
support goes a long way in making the scout's tenure a success, but I feel that
it is wrong to pull the boy's name if the parents were not supportive. This
sounds too much like an adult run troop. The boy and his fellow scouts can
learn much from this young man's experience. Part of this learning could be
to work on gaining he support of his parents in his activities. An other
lesson to be learned could be to use the other resourses available in the
families of the troop to be successful. Other boys can learn that they have
a responsiblity to help a boy be successful even though he may not have the
parental support that they may have.
I simply would not deny a boy the opportunity because his parents won't
chip in their part.
Yours in Scouting, Bob Sargeant, DC for GW Dist. NCAC, BSA. The old Fox.
Opinions are my own in the scouting spirit.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City