Re: Webelos Parent Cooperation
ralph romig (rwromig@PPCO.COM)
Fri, 24 Mar 1995 08:14:48 -0600
>Dear Den Leaders,
Well, I'm not a Den Leader, but I do have some thoughts/questions.
>How do you cope with lack of parental cooperation? Some of my
>Webelos parents are unwilling to follow through with their sons on
>advancement requirements, yet become angry when their sons fail to
>progress towards rank. One family complains loudly about the
>"exclusion" of their son and the other is quiet but absent. These
>parents feel they should be able to sign off on all activity badge
>requirements with no accountability on the scout's part for
>demonstration of skill or knowledge.
Is most of the advancement work being done in a den/patrol meeting? Have
they read the Webelos book? The Webelos leader has to sign off their
pins/etc. (Some of the requirements for some pins have to be done at home,
but the parent should allow the Webelos leader to verify that the activity
has actually been completed) At Webelos level most of the advancement work
should be done in den/patrol meetings.
>I am not looking for perfection, just for the scout to do his best.
>I just happen to think it is difficult to make something out of
>wood and not have an item to display at a den or pack meeting.
Sounds as if there is a specific complaint. Could we have more details?
>Do other leaders advance boys that have truly not earned the rank?
>Am I expecting too much? Any ideas?
Are the boys capable of doing the activities? (They don't have a physical
or mental limitation that would prevent them from accomplishing the tasks.)
If there aren't any physical/mental limitations, then they should complete
the activities as outlined in the Webelos Book to acheive advancement.
>Webelos Den Leader for now ~~ contemplating resignation & transfer
Sounds like frustration. Have you talked it over with your pack's other
leaders? Perhaps the Den Leader Coach and the Cubmaster may have some ideas
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City