Parent Leaders with Scouts
Stephen Hoar (hoar@AGDIS01.NEWARK.AF.MIL)
Thu, 20 Jul 1995 14:39:14 -0400
Some of the earlier discussions about severe scout leaders and parents
accompanying scouts to camp provokes other thoughs. We have two
fathers, (ASMs), who virtually escort their sons everywhere at camp.
I try to redirect them to do other tasks or help other scouts, but
their objectives are see that their sons go to class, do the work and
complete the MBs. But, its not lost on the other scouts that the
dad's appear to be doing most of the work. One of the other scouts
make the remark that M---(the son) wasn't getting much done but his
dad, Mr MMM was sure to make eagle.
I've sat down with both dads and had heart to hearts about the
disfavor they were doing for their son, they would agree but in 15
minutes they were back to their old habits. One dad was even bragging
about how many merit badges they (son and dad) had earned at camp.
Both dads didn't make Eagle (when young) but have stated their desire
to make sure their sons do. Both son's have very quiet and immature
personalities and will not go camping without dad around. It is very
difficult to get them to sleep with their buddies if dad is on the
trip. These dads both seem to be reliving their scouting careers
through their sons and the sons are the ones who lose. I would like
to see both boys make it on their own or with their troop buddies.
You all must have run into this before. These scouts are now Star so
its not like brand new cubbers. How did you deal with it?? Ideas and
suggestions are needed!
Old enough to know better
Too old to do any better.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City