Re: Over protective adults
Todd Norman Tingblad (tingbltn@UWEC.EDU)
Wed, 27 Sep 1995 12:14:54 CDT
The BSA program has a built-in method of handling this problem. It is within
the Advancement Program. It is "Showing Scout Spirit", the Scoutmaster
Conference, and the Board of Review.
A Scout must show Scout Spirit, not just in the troop meetings, but in his
everyday life. By not following his Patrol Leader and his Patrol and doing
his part, he is not Showing Scout Spirit. He must show it, not dad.
In the Scoutmaster Conference, the Scoutmaster can help the Scout learn what
is needed to Show Scout Spirit. Show him that not being a "team player" with
his father doing all of these things for him that he is not going to get very
far. And not pass the Scout Spirit requirement or the Scoutmaster Conference
requirement until he does become a Team Player without dad. Sounds hard I
Then the Board of Review. It's not just seeing if the Scout has learned the
skills by asking for answers to problems that require the skill, but also,
how this Scout is presenting himself in the troop. If members of the Board
have seen these things going on, they could not pass him on this one too.
This part of the Advancement program is to show others you are a Scout as
defined in the Scout Handbook.
If mom and dad are passing him off on all his requirements, require the whole
troop to only have requirement signed off by their Patrol Leader (if he has
already been passed on this skill), the SPL and ASPL (if they have already
been passed on this skill), and the Scoutmaster Staff (only if they are Fast
It is a hard problem, but it is very plainly spelled out in the Scout
Handbook as to what a Scout needs to do to advance. If the parents question
your actions, refer them to the handbook. I don't recall ever seeing a thing
written that says that a Scout may leave his patrol to go to Supper in a
restaurant on a campout. Each patrol is a team...what one does, all do. No
"Cowboy" Scouting allowed.
If you just let this boy continue to have mom and dad just walk all over the
BSA process, this Scout will never learn those "Skills For Life" that
Scouting provides. Hold strong to the "Blank and White" of what the
requirements in the advancement program are saying. It is what is best for
this boy and his parents. Again, if the parents question this, show it to
them in their son's Scout Handbook. You may also want to show these parents
the Boy Scout Leader Fast Start video. Lots of good examples of boys leading
boys and adults in the background.
Todd Tingblad -- TINGBLTN@UWEC.EDU
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City