Re: Webelos Parent Cooperation
Bob Condon (rec@EPOCH.COM)
Fri, 24 Mar 1995 09:45:55 -0500
> Dear Den Leaders,
> 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.
Question: is it ONE family or MORE THAN ONE? If it is ONE, then it is a
point problem, if it is more, then your requirements may exceed their
ability or desire.
When I was Webelo leader for 2 years, we set up a program in year one to
get to AOL with or without the parents. It was NOT very difficult because
I shared the load with two other wonderful parents. Other parents helped
out along the way.
> One family complains loudly about the
> "exclusion" of their son and the other is quiet but absent.
> 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.
All you need to do is ask little JOEY to show or ask questions about
the skill in front of his parents and the leaders. No parent wants to embarress
their child because they did not do the work.
[It is also a reflection of the parents if they are willing to take
credit for an event they never did. You may be smacking into the
middle of ~dishonest~ parents teaching their kids to SSSLLLLIIIIIDDDDDEEEEEE
through life and never accomplishing anything.
> Webelos Den Leader for now ~~ contemplating resignation & transfer
Don't quit too early, you may lose a lot of personal growth here!
Think about what you are asking them to do. For you, it may seem small but
to them it might be monumental if the parents do not have the skill. As I
said, I arranged for the program to come about without parent
WHEN YOU GET TO BOY SCOUTS THOUGH, Mom, dad and the adults no longer sign
off the requirements. The boys will learn that they must learn and
be tested by another older boy to pass. This may be a real shock to
We had one adult parent who had signed off LOTS of stuff for tenderfoot
(over one weekend) and we had to explain that he is no longer the signer.
The boy didn't have a clue about most of the requirements. It was a wakeup call.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City