Re: Q: what to do with an unprompt parent?
Jack Weinmann (aa855@CLEVELAND.FREENET.EDU)
Sun, 3 Dec 1995 10:34:01 -0500
One solution is to find a willing parent, such as myself, who may not be
assigned to drive for a particular event, but could drive if the need
I cannot remember the reasons, but years ago when my boys were in a troop I
would bring them to the meeting point and the Scoutmaster would ask if
there was any way that I could drive some boys to the camp. Usually I was
not driving that day because they already had enough drivers for the trip.
For reasons that I cannot remember at this moment I was needed on a no
notice basis a few times and, since I really had nothing MAJOR
planned for the few hours that it takes to get to our council camp and
I believe that at least a few of the times I was pressed into service it
was because of no-shows that were supposed to drive other boys to the camp.
If my memory serves me right, we would wait for a short time (maybe up to
1/2 hr. and if someone didn't show, we would leave - after a call was made
to the home. Also, if memory serves me, the "no-shows" had very legitimate
reasons why they couldn't make it on time (emergency room trips, etc...)
There has to be some understanding that, especially with families with
siblings involved, many things can arise that can delay a well-intentioned
parent from arriving at the destination on time.
But, it must also be understood that the rest of the boys do not have to be
delayed by parents who do not arrive on time for ANY reason.
Try to find willing alternates, or even plan the alternates ahead of time
(so that they might also bring an "emergency" bag lunch for the long trips)
and have the alternates "stand-by" while a decision is made to either wait
until the parent gets there or use the alternate and leave on, or near,
Either way, I would not delay the departure for too long of a time, as it
is grossly unfair to the other boys and parents who got there on time.
Hope this helps
Jack W. Weinmann firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City