Re: Webelos Parent Cooperation
Kipp Davis (paintre@U.WASHINGTON.EDU)
Fri, 24 Mar 1995 12:30:59 -0800
On Thu, 23 Mar 1995, Sharon Jorski wrote:
> 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.
I have 10 boys in first-year Webelos and only have a couple of "problem
parents". One boy's father is a fisherman, and is gone 6-8 months out of
the year. When the father is home, the boy is active and the father
participates. When he's out, as he has been since October, the boy's
attendance is sporadic and he hasn't earned any of the Webelos Activity
pins in the father's absence. The mother can't be bothered to even read
and sign the Parent's Guide in the Webelos book, yet was surprised that
her son didn't get his Webelos badge at The Blue & Gold banquet with the
other boys. I had called several times to remind them to finish the
requirements at home and got lukewarm response over the phone.
> 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.
Another boy came to me and had done 7 Activity pins at home... in one
week! ...and papa had signed them all off! But, unfortunately, mama had
put all of the charts, tables, and reports in the recycling.
> 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.
One boy brought his terrarium with frogs to our meeting last night and
told us all what he was doing with it. I think that if you can get some
of them to start bringing this type of thing (things they have worked on
at home...), the reluctant ones may feel the peer pressure, along with
your expectations, to show their work at den meetings.
> Do other leaders advance boys that have truly not earned the rank?
It can be hard to know, when the parents have signed them off... you
don't want to be accusatory toward the parents. I would encourage them to
bring some examples... make it known that from now on you expect some
work to be shown to back up the home signatures.
> Am I expecting too much? Any ideas?
No, you are not expecting too much. Set up the guidelines for signing off
work done at home, and stick to them.
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