Michael Keables (mkeables@DU.EDU)
Wed, 19 Apr 1995 07:34:23 -0600
Greetings, fellow scouters!!
I'd like some advice on how to handle a rather disturbing problem that
is evolving with one of the boys in my pack. The problem is that the
boy's family drops the scout off for den or pack meetings and at times
fails to pick up the boy after the meetings. This is a problem
because den and pack meetings take place in the evening and the scout
should not be walking home in the dark.
I have talked to the parents about this, informing them that we are
not a babysitting service nor do we provide transportation to/from
scouting events. I've stressed to them the importance of parental
participation in scouting.
Well, last night, the scout was dropped off for his den meeting, and
at 8 pm when the meeting was over, there was no one to pick him up and
nobody at home when the den leader called. As it happened, I was in
the school for our spring recruiting meeting so I waited until 8:30
with the scout and another leader until the custodian had to lock up.
It was cold and snowing quite hard, so my son and I took the boy home.
I spoke with the boy's father about my concern and reminded him that
someone from the family must be prepared to pick up the scout
promptly from the meetings. The father's reply was "Oh," followed by
the door closing in my face.
1. Two-deep leadership is a must in scouting, yet last night I was
faced with leaving the scout outside the school alone in a
snowstorm or violating the two-deep rule and taking the boy home. I
saw no option but to take the scout home. Was there another option
that I could have taken that would not have placed the scout in danger
and still provided the two-deep leadership?
2. How do I deal with these uncaring parents? Clearly, this boy
needs scouting, but the den leaders and I are no longer willing to
deal with the parents' gross irresponsibility.
I await the collective wisdom from this group.
Thanks for listening.
Mike Keables Cubmaster, Pack 632 Denver Area Council Littleton, CO USA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City