Parent Protectiveness (was: Relatives at BOR)
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Wed, 13 Dec 1995 07:51:08 -0500
On Tue, 12 Dec 1995, Michael Derleth wrote:
> I have experienced many parents who, with the best intentions, never
> let their son experience Scouting -on their own-. Sharing the Scouting
> experience with mom or dad can be great, as long as the youth gets
> to experience it for himself.
I agree, entirely.
When I as the SA for the 11 year old scouts, the "regular" troop had a
father/son dyad who were never separated. Father came on all camp outs.
Father/son cooked together. Ate together. Slept together. Father &
mother signed up as counselors for a dozen or so merit badges, and
proceeded to counsel their son (and no others) for these badges. Son did
an unremarkable (and unremembered) Eagle project. Didn't want an Eagle CoH.
IMO, the parents should've just gone down to the scout shop and bought
the awards, rather than going through the farce that they did. Their son
had no friends in the troop, and no opportunity to form any friendships.
Other than his close association with his father (something many scouts
lack), I don't think scouting benefited him at all.
Paul H. Brown, UC, GW District, National Capital Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City