Moms at camp
Carey Probst (HCProbst@AOL.COM)
Thu, 8 Dec 1994 13:15:34 -0500
Based on my experiences over the last 7 years, moms can
be a tremendous resource at camp or can be a real pain.
The question for the mom is: Are you going to camp as a
scout leader for all the boys or only to be with your own
boy.(This problems also occurs with fathers, moms are not
the only ones who can't let the boys grow up.)
If she is going because she wants to be with her son, keep
her home. The scout doesn't need a mother at camp, nor
do the other boys need her there.
If she is a registered leader and works well with the boys,
definitely let her go. You may find that she can be a great
help with the newer scouts who may be a little homesick,
and if she is a good leader she will do well.
My wife has been an ASM when I was SM and took over
as SM for a while when my replacement left over a dispute
about his son's office. She has always camped with the
troop (since permitted by BSA) and does a great job with
She has her own areas of expertise which is very important
for her to be more than a mom. She is a Fox from Woodbadge
NE-II-53 and knows knots better than just about anybody
around here. She is not afraid to correct male leaders or
scouts who tie them improperly during games at camporees.
The key thing to point out to her and the boys at camp is
that she is a leader, not a mom (even to her own son). We
stress that to all of our leaders at camp, male and female,
that while at camp, they are leaders first, parents second.
My favorite line at camp to a scout expecting special
treatment from a parent has always been 'Your father/mother
isn' t here, that is the ASM and its not his/her job to take
care of you.'
Best of luck. I hope she works out.
Still a Beaver, NE-II-53
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City