Re: Adults, Adults, Everywhere Adults
Jean W. Peterson (JWPETERS@MACC.WISC.EDU)
Thu, 7 Sep 1995 10:50:00 CDT
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>Subject: Adults, Adults, Everywhere Adults
>A couple of years ago I ran across a Troop Scoutmaster who was telling me a
>story about how his troop ended up having to limit the numbers of adults
>that went along on outings because at times the adults out numbered the
>I thought this was an interesting problem, especially since at that time
>our Troop was having some problems mustering 2 deep leadership and had had
. It is becoming a one to
>one program which is hindering the patrols function as the adults step in
>for the younger Scouts. >
>We have an upcoming Committee mtg next Monday where this may come up as a
>subject for discussion and was wondering if any other Troops have
>encountered this strange but wonderful phenomenon and how they handled it.
>I am also supposed to do a committee presentation to become the new
>How Much of Your reality is imagination?
>ASM Troop 39, Maltby
>Mt. Baker Council, Everett Wa.
Dear Scott -
You certainly do have an interesting problem - my greatest concern is
that the boys are not practicing Patrol Method. Get your adults to
Training - it doesn't matter if they are going to be asst. scoutmasters,
committee members, or no title!! Once the adults understand the
program and they allow the boys the freedom to work out their mistakes
and work as a patrol - it will be great!!!! I took Scout Fundamentals
in preparation of chaperoning our troop on high adventure. I had
just come off of Cub Scouting, and boy, was I thrilled that I could
just let the Scouts do their thing. It was also good for me as a parent
of an 11 year old boy to learn how to give him space to make his mistakes
and work in a patrol. The presence of the adults is wonderful - not only
for the sons to see their parents take enough of an interest to be there-
but for all the Scouts to interact with adults. Train your adults
in the purposes of Boy Scouting, especially the Patrol Method. - And
then let them come, have fun, and revel in the growth of their sons!!
I would not have missed these opportunities for all the world.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City