Jim Hertwig (jhertwig@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Sat, 10 Feb 1996 08:35:32 -0800
Reading the postings from several of you concerning parental
participation in your troop programs and camping really makes me envy
When our church started sponsoring our troop almost five years ago, one
of the goals was NOT to evangalize or to gain new church members. They
specifically wanted to provide a service to the youth of our community.
As a result, we have never required any parental participation beyond
getting the boy to the church and picking him up afterwards, both for
the meetings and campouts.
Our leadership consists (except for 2 fathers) of adults who are
committed to the boys and attend meetings and campouts. Without them
we couldn't exist.
Parents don't and won't camp with us, don't - won't - attend meetings.
We feel lucky if they pick up their boys on time.
Very few of our boys would be able to participate in a troop where
parental commitment was required. I know that there's a big plus to
having that commitment, but I feel sorry for the boy who can't
participate because his parents won't take the time for him, or
possibly can't make the commitment.
Anyway, that's my $ .02 worth.
I used to be a Bobwhite - a DO-Right Bobwhite!!!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City