Introduction and comment
Philip L Hyde Jr. (FlaDreamer@AOL.COM)
Fri, 16 Dec 1994 23:20:12 -0500
I have been lurking about the last few weeks watching the direction and
breadth of the discussions here and thought it was time to introduce myself.
My name is Phil Hyde. I am currently Disrtict Cub Scout Roundtable
Commissioner, South Brevard District, Central Florida Council. I am also Pack
Committee Chairman, acting Cubmaster, Webelos Den Leader. (So much for 2
hours a week right?). I have been involved in scouting this time for the last
five years. Not only have I been priviledged to watch my son grow in ways
most parents don't get to observe, I have also watched myself grow from a
coach potato into what I am today (Updates later on what that final product
I had one comment to express to those who are having problems with parent
participation. This is something I learned not by trial and error but by
getting angry one night. Don't ask, tell them what you want done. I know this
sounds hard but it isn't really. Prove it to yourself. At your next meeting,
tell everyone to stand up then sit down. Don't explain why, just tell them to
do it. Does anyone question it or give excuses not to? Nope. It's the same
thing with projects and small jobs. Parents are going to look upon you as an
authority figure and if you go to them and be very direct about what you
expect them to do, they'll do it.
I have about an 85% success rate using this method and I have yet to hear of
a complaint about it. As a matter of fact, I have found that many parents
would love to do something but don't want to volunteer. This year, I have
chaired the Blue and Gold Banquet, the Pinewood Derby, three campouts, and a
service project at the years first Pack meeting using this same method and
the "volunteers" are doing a great job.
Just my $.02 worth but I hope it helps.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City