Re: Campout ended on bad note
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Mon, 18 Sep 1995 13:24:45 -0400
Parents need to realize that they take on a different role when they are
with the scouts: they are adult leaders of scouts, not parents of
individual boys. A wise SM taught me, when helping first year campers at
summer camp, "Don't start your help with your son. Don't finish your
help with your son."
That being said, your CC mom needs to "chill." The boy leaders need to
deal with the boys, at least in the first instance. The boy leaders are
more difficult to "con" than mom is.
Has the CC been to a SM fundamentals course? Does she understand the
"game" that is scouting? Does she accompany her son on all the troop
outings, to "protect" him from the vicious, uncouth curs that other
parents send on the camping expeditions?
The adults n the troop need to have training for their roles. Even
unregistered parents need to know where they fit in: when intervention by
adults is appropriate, and when it isn't. And which adult should do so.
Part of the scouting game is for boys to get themselves into "fixes," and
then figure out how to get themselves out of them. This includes
interpersonal "fixes," as well as the "which trail do we take now" kind.
When mom is there to rescue, there is no opportunity for the scout to grow.
Paul H. Brown, UC, GW District, National Capital Area Council
and a scout dad
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City