Re: Divorced Dad - Weekend Scouts
Jess Olonoff (jolonoff@GATE.NET)
Mon, 23 Oct 1995 15:29:31 -0400
I found this message while wandering the web looking for interesting
Scout information. I felt it was a worthwhile subject and worthy of the
By Fred Schmidt
Reprinted from Father Times, Spring 1994, Volume 2 Issue 4
When I was a child one of my fondest memories was belonging to Boy
Scouts. I remember camping, patrol meetings, and the awards night
where I would receive badges for my various achievements. My dad was
also actively involved, which helped deepen our bonding process. I
remember how proud my dad was of me when I received my Eagle award.
Many years have gone by- but I have never forgotten that wonderful
closeness and mutual character building we both received from
belonging to the Boy Scouts.
Today, I find myself one of many single parents with "visitation" on
every other weekend. My God-given right to fatherly dignity and
parental rights have been limited and, unfortunately, I see no change
in sight. Along with that indignity I also lose the involvement, along
with the accompanying benefits, of sharing scouting with my son.
Over the last few months I have called several Boy Scout troops to see
if they have Saturday meetings we could attend. We have found none.
Speaking from experience, I know how precious the time is that my son
and I spend together and that we would like to be actively involved in
scouting as my dad was with me. We would like to attend regular
meetings together if they were held at workable times. I feel very
strongly that the number of volunteers in the Boy Scouts of America
would increase significantly if there were troop meetings on Saturdays
I would like to start a troop for "weekend" fathers. I think I can
find a troop to let us use their equipment and flags if we were able
to come up with enough people that are interested. If this "weekend
scouting" idea sounds like a good idea please contact me at 560-3992
so we can discuss our options.
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Center. We'd love to hear from you.
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comments > ParentsPlace.com --
the parenting resource center on the web.
Note: This is an interesting site. This article was from a section
called the Fathers' Resource Center. It is geared generally to the needs
The ParentsPlace is a parenting site, a family-run, home business
offering articles on pregnancy, breastfeeding, bayb, adolescence,
parenting twins, step-parenting, single parenting, children's health and
education, family activities and more. They also offer chat and shopping.
As most of us are either parents or surrogates this might be an
interesting site to visit. Probably worth a bookmark!
Yours in Scouting, Jess
Paid my dues today; I'm renewing my OA membership!
Jess Olonoff, CM Pack-206 | Eagle - 1970, T-10 Tulsa, Okla.
Riverglades Elem. - Parkland, Fla. | Ta-Tsu-Hwa - Ordeal '69, Brthrhd '70
Lighthouse Dstrct - S. Fl. Council | Scout in NYC-Brooklyn 61-66, Tulsa 66-71
"We just might all be right!" | Boca Raton 73-74, Parkland 94-?
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