Re: BSA:Women at camp & Dad's
Elizabeth A. Stiles (estiles@PACIFIER.COM)
Wed, 7 Dec 1994 09:38:03 -0800
I've been reading this for the past few days. I have also seem both Moms
and Dads that need to put space between themself and their son. Currently
I have a parent in our troop who, like all parents wants the best for his
son. His son does have some special needs. His son is ADD and is a very
good example of it. On our last campout I overheard jr. ask Dad to skip
Chappel so that he could stay and clean up for his patrol. Before Dad
could answer, I answered for him, with a BIG NO. Father took it very
well. He was almost relieved that I had said something.
At the following Scoutmasters meeting I asked that we work something out
where Dad didn't come on some of the future outings.
The other troop problem that we have had in the past year are new parents
who came in to the unit with their WEBELOS at crossover. I've been in
scouting for over 10 years and its seems that some parents come into the
unit thinking that they are going to stay right their with there son and
oversee everything that he does towards rank. Got a Father this last
Spring, who when we went to summer camp hunted down every boy under first
class and made them go through the trail to first class that was offered
that week. Mind you all know that the program is set up so that the boy
can make first class in there first year. Well, these 12 boys at the time
of summer camp had only been in the troop for 2 1/2 months. It is now
December. At our Court of Honor in September, 9 of those 12 boys got
first class. of the other 3, one has dropped out and the other two are
burned out to the point that they don't even want to do MB work. I am
hearing from the other new parents that its a fight to even get the boys
to troop meetings on Mondays.
Personally, I feel that these kids were pushed to fast.
How does anyone else feel about this? Have any of you ever seen this happen?
I really feel sorry for the boys, they are the ones who will lose out in
the long run.
Silver Star District,
Cascade Pacific Council
I use to be a Bobwhite....
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