Re: Parent Leaders with Scouts
Alan Houser (troop24@EMF.NET)
Sun, 30 Jul 1995 22:51:25 -0700
Stephen Hoar <hoar@AGDIS01.NEWARK.AF.MIL> wrote:
>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!
I haven't had your problem with the advancement side. Fortunately my
Scouts' parents recognize the importance of letting their sons grow into
Scouting while still encouraging them along the way.
One thing you may want to consider is the sleeping arrangements. In our
troop, the Scouts must camp together as a patrol on all outings. And the
parents must camp separately. We explain to the parents that it is necessary
for the patrols to live together and work together on these trips.
As a matter of fact, at camporee, it is required that the adults camp apart
from the Scouts, and a patrol will lose points if that is not the case.
(The camporee rules are drawn up by the Scouts who participate in the
planning meetings during the year).
Are these dads businessmen? If so, you might want to ask them if they
would hire a young man who came to a job interview with his dad.
Alan R. Houser ** Scoutmaster, Berkeley Troop 24 ** firstname.lastname@example.org
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