Re: Parent Leaders with Scouts
Mon, 7 Aug 1995 08:16:12 CST
"Michael F. Bowman wrote on this subject,
You could also take note of the merit badges each ASM "has earned"
with his son and ask him to be a counselor for it with other Scouts
during parts of an outing after a suitable lead-in about how well he
demonstrated skill x and how good it would be to share that with
Scouts. Meanwhile his own son escapes to do other stuff on his own.
A couple of years ago we had a similar situation in our troop. This
adult leader was an Eagle as a boy and is very knowledgeable in many
His first year with the troop, he was an adult advisor to the first
year patrol. After the first couple of outings we could see where he
personally was doing too much for the boys (and his son included) to
a point where the boys had little hands on experience but excellent
Our case was a little different that Steve's, but this leader went
too far in helping all of the boys in the patrol. The troop guides
were not utilizes effectively, etc....
The Scoutmaster and I took the direct approach. After another
counseling session, be began intercepting by requesting the Troop
Guide to complete a task or prepare the boys for an activity, etc.
and the meanwhile dad was diverted to another task with one of us.
Setting up an orientation course was always a good noe. We had a lot
of compass courses that first year! Soon our well meaning leader
determined the Troop Guide could instruct, advise, and guide the boys
to his satisfaction and backed off.
Today he is a very good merit badge counselor and advisor for the
troop. Diversion, redirection of these energies paid off for us and
his son's patrol.
Rick Covington, ASM
T713 / P874
Circle Ten Council
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