Re: Overprotective Parents
Paul Mc Gahee (paul_mcgahee@SMTPLINK.HUACHUCA.AMEDD.ARMY.MIL)
Tue, 26 Sep 1995 10:37:52 MST
Tim: We used to have some similar problems in our Troop. One of the
ways we corrected this was to put all our adults into a separate
patrol. We call it the Old Crow Patrol. The adult patrol operates
the same as any other patrol. We have a roster for cooking, cleanup,
assist in leading a hike, and other chores. We rotate turns as to who
will buy the food for our patrol.
This teaches new parents how the patrol method is supposed to work,
and helps to integrate them into the committee.
As new boys see their parents working in a patrol, they see how they
are supposed to work as a patrol member also.
I have found that the parents need to feel a sense of belonging just
as their sons do. Chances are this parent has been very involved
with his son in Cubs and Webelos, and just doesn't fully understand
Boy Scouting. He is used to working one-on -one with his son.
Anyway this is what has worked for us, you may want to bring it up to
your committee, and see if they want to adopt a similar way of
tackling this problem.
SIERRA VISTA, AZ
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City