Re: Over protective adults
Jason C. Emanuele (je21623@CONRAD.APPSTATE.EDU)
Tue, 26 Sep 1995 15:46:18 -0400
On Tue, 26 Sep 1995, Paul H. Brown wrote:
> We had one of these a couple of years back. Father came on every camping
> trip. Both parents signed up as merit badge counselors, and proceeded to
> counselor their son for them. We (the committee) talked to the mother
> about the merit badge counseling, suggesting that her son might grow a
> little more if he had to call a relative stranger to make an appointment
> for MB counseling. She didn't see it; said she was probably harder with
> the requirements than someone else would be.
I am in agreement with your committee. In my troop, we have always had
policies stating that parents can not be MB counselors to their own
children. Also, Scouts were limited to the use of each counselor only
three times, which was another way of getting them to have to contact a
'relative stranger' to make this advancement. Perhaps your committee
should have flexed a little more muscle in their confrontation of these
parents. The system is to be flexible, but not molded to every person's whim.
O.K., I know... it was three cents.
Chef Jason C. Emanuele
E.D. Strang Scout Reservation
Housatonic Council, CT
Registered First Aid & Cooking Merit Badges counselor
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City