Problems with Parents
Bruce Rosen (rosen@SPECKLE.NCSL.NIST.GOV)
Thu, 15 Feb 1996 13:59:49 -0500
Dear Fellow Scouters,
I would like to thank those of you who responded to my posting about the
problem of getting parents involved in our Troop's camping program. Some of
you sent some excellent suggestions for which I am grateful, and many others
of you sent words of encouragement, for which I may be even more grateful.
One thing that I found interesting from the responses I received was that,
based on the locations I could determine from many messages, it seemed as if
this problem exists to a much greater degree in what seemed to be Troops
from "middle class" areas near, but not in, larger urban cities. Troops in
the more rural areas didn't seem to be suffering from as great a degree of
parental non-involvement. I'm not about to draw any real conclusions, but
it did seem to be an interesting theme.
In closing, to inject a bit of humor into the many frustrations all of us
Scout Leaders have faced trying to get parents involved, please enjoy the
following. It is an example of what I would love to add to the end of one
of our up-coming trip permission forms where we ask what adults are going to
be participating in the event. I won't actually use it, but it is tempting:
Please Check One of the Following
____The following adult will be participating in this event.
Name of adult participating
____We are unable to provide any support for this outing. (This line is
only to be used by families who have provided an adult participant on one or
more camping trips with the Troop in the previous 12 months. All others
should check the next line.)
____As usual we will not be providing any camping support to the Troop.
After all, we don't like camping and as long as there are suckers around
who will take up the parenting load, even if they also don't really love
camping, why should we put up with any discomfort on behalf of our own son.
Besides, we're much more important then they are so let them give up their
weekends and holidays, this way we can do what we want and we can use the
other adults in this Troop as the BABY SITTERS OF AMERICA (BSA).
Rockville, MD USA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City