Re: Camping Problems with Parents
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Fri, 9 Feb 1996 13:08:55 EST
Some people just don't like to camp. I think you just have to live
with this fact in most cases. However, the parents can contribute in
other ways. As you point out, two of the three non-camping families
do in fact contribute to troop operations. Maybe you could make a
deal with them and get them to take over all the paperwork, since that
consumes time as well. This leaves you with just camping and outdoor
stuff--the part of being an SM I like the most!
As for the family that does nothing, I think you can in good
conscience tell them that they really ought to find another troop if
they are unwilling to help the troop at all. As you say, you are too
small to have parents who don't participate in troop affairs in some
way. I hate to lose boys for any reason, but fairness seems to
require something here.
Bottom line--I'd live with it with the two families that are
contributing in some way (although not camping). Tell the other
family they have to start contributing, or please leave.
I would go on a recruiting drive, as well. I take it your troop is
made up largely of Jewish scouts from conservative, practicing homes?
If the pool of available youth from the same background is small, has
any thought been given to recruiting boys of other faiths? Of course,
this might mean changes in the troop your current parents aren't
prepared to deal with.
In any case, please don't resign. It sounds like the troop will fold
if you do, and I think the death of any scout troop is a tragedy.
SM, Troop 113
GW District, NCAC
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City