Mom's at camp
Steve Beluch (steve.beluch@SYSLINK.MCS.COM)
Tue, 6 Dec 1994 17:04:18 LCL
S>On Tue, 6 Dec 1994, Carol Mclane wrote:
S>> We have a situation in our troop that the leaders and committee is
S>> struggling with. I have been passing along messages from this
S>> discussion list to our troop and thought I would ask for your
S>opinion on this. >
S>> We have a Mom that wants to attend camp with her son. She has been
S>> a Den leader and Weeblos leader for several years. Her son is in
S>> the Troop now and she wants to continue in troop activities with her
S>> boys. The problem came up during the fall camp. She was very
S>> critical of how the camp was run. Some of her issues are valid and
S>> some are not. I will not go into everything here.
S>> This is my main question. Should Moms go to Camp?
Why not? We have a quite few troops in the council who have female
leaders who not only attend the unit's outings but also camporee's, OA
outings and summer camp. We even have women who have trek'ed Philmont.
My point is they all had to start somewhere. If the person is willing
to learn about the outdoors, share the responsibilities of unit outdoor
leadership and help the scouts learn. Why keep her at home?
What I really think your alluding to is that THIS mom is a MOMMY. Ok no
problem there's a remedy for that too. Some new folks, moms AND dads
are overwhelmed by an outdoor program. They are uncomfortable and feel
out of their element(what ever that is). Give her a responsibility for
the next outing...Preferably one dealing with what she was critical of
and let her try to change it...who knows two things may happen, 1-IT
just may be better and 2 she may realize that its not that easy out
here. If its over-proctectiveness then there's a solution for that too.
First get her to go to basic. The outdoor program will do her a world
of good. Second get her involved in a new patrol capacity, helping your
ASM to get the scouts ready for camps. Be creative. She's willing to
help just guide her energy in the right direction.
Steve Beluch - Des Plaines Valley Council
Direct E-Mail: steve.beluch@SYSLINK.mcs.com
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