Re: Mom's at camp -outs
John P. Cross (jpcross@PHOENIX.NET)
Sat, 8 Jun 1996 21:16:15 -6
> the girls >need to learn to "distance" themselves from mom and dad.
> to have parents share their "talents/knowledge" with the den. I love getting
> information from the parents, and new ideas...why would I want to distance
> them from their children?
> Patty Birgel
I think I would interpret the "distance" thing to mean give them (the
Scouts) enough slack so that they can practice the patrol method.
Overly helpful parents, however well intentioned, get in the way of
that practice. When parents show up on a campout with a trunk full
of soda pop, snacks, extra gear, pillows and other things "just in
case", the Scouts are not learning to "Be Prepared" and to work with
We have lots of parents on our campouts, but we operate as a
"patrol" and leave the troop under the control of the SPL. (Don't
get me wrong, we watch them with great care, we just leave them alone
to take care of themselves.)
John P. Cross, Scoutmaster, Troop 869
How about a patch trade? see:
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City