Re: Why scouts quit - academic
Daniel W Brown (dabrown2@VT.EDU)
Fri, 30 Jun 1995 16:58:41 +0600
As a parent, I cannot fault Murphy Peter on his handling of academics and
scouting. I also think that giving the boy a choice of what activities will
be curtailed reinforceses that it is not punishment. The whole post seems
I usually see these situations from another viewpoint and I would like to
post some concerns. First, it is very disruptive to the troops program to
have scouts popping in and out of the membership every six or thirteen weeks
bepending on the schools reporting period. This problem is mainly caused by
parents who view scouting as a recreation activity or babysitting service.
Second, the troop or den leaders often don't hear about what's going on
until the scout doesn't show up for several weeks and they call to find out
why. Since many parent view us as a service and not a program, they don't
feel that they need to tell us what's happening.
Some of the stories I have seen are amazing. One family would not let thier
sons participate in the troop during the school year to keep up thier
grades. I never saw the younger ones grades, but I know the older one got
all As and one B through high school. One mother made he son drop out of
the trip to summer camp to repeat a course in summer school because he
recieved a C. When the school officials explained that summer school was
for students that had actually flunked and refused to enroll him, she still
would not let him go. She also forfieted the camp fee which was about 60
dollars at the time.
Enough stories, may two many. My point is that the scout is not the only on
affect by these things.
I used to be a fox
Dan Brown ASM Troop 56 Blacksburg VA
New River District, Blue Ridge Mountains Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City