MOM and SON, DAD and LAD
Marie E. Lackore (mlackore@ATHENET.NET)
Sat, 20 Jul 1996 12:38:34 +0000
The amount of e-mails I have received on this subject has been beyond
belief. It obviously was a subject that needed discussing. When I
first posted by message, I did not realize what "can of worms" I had
I would like to thank all who responded and those who have provided
contact names for these events for me. I am pursing all leads and
hope to have a wealth of information to delve into with a couple of
Some thoughts on the discussion that has taken place as I have
pondered this over quite often in my mind over the last several days.
Cheryl Singhal really said it well in her post a couple of days ago.
Several people have mentioned that we are discriminating by offering
an event for MOM and SON. Are we really discriminating? I look at
more as providing an opportunity.
There are many events and activities that your son has and will come
in contact with during his growing up years. There will be
somethings he wants to participate in, but can't.
Hockey Club in our area is extremely expensive. It costs around
$400.00 a year to be involved. There are many families that cannot
afford to pay that price. Is that discriminating?
Little League and Babe Ruth offer baseball opportunities for many
young men. However, there are more boys then fields and coaches
available, so as a result, some boys don't make the team. Is that
To be involved in any of the extra-curricular activities at the area
public high schools where I live, all students must have a minimum
GPA. If you don't meet the minimum GPA, you don't participate.
These activities include both sports and academic clubs and teams.
Is this discriminating?
I really think we should stop looking at the negative angle. Those
who are negative say that we are discriminating. Those who look at
the positive angle would say that we are providing opportunities. Is
it wrong to provide opportunities? I think not.
If we plan our programs well, we will have a great variety of events
and activities available to our Scouts. We have several events in
our Council, both on the Cub and Boy Scout level, that do not require
a one on one parental involvement. Our boys have many opportunities
to participate regardless of what their home situation is.
The fact that in addition to the aforementioned events, we also offer
a MOM and SON and are soon to offer a DAD and LAD, is not
discriminating. It is offering an opportunity. Here is a cut from a
letter mailed to our council office after our last MOM and SON event:
"Please accept my sons and mine heartfelt appreciation for such a
wonderful weekend and at such a reasonable cost. I have been smiling
all week when I think about our special "Mom & Son" weekend. We are
looking forward to next year's event."
Notes like that send shivers down my spine and let me know that I do
make a difference, and that is all I ask out of my involvement in
Marie E. Lackore
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