Re: Role & Responsibilities of Parents at Campouts
Marie E. Lackore (mlackore@ATHENET.NET)
Thu, 8 Aug 1996 23:12:27 +0000
> I know of no BSA guidelines in this area but most troops draw the lines
> somewhere. As a rule, I always keep the parents away from the Scouts during
> campouts. I set up an adult camping area separate from the rest of the
> troop. The only Scouts allowed in the adult area is the SPL and maybe the
> ASPLs. The adults are to eat and sleep in the adult area. On top of that,
> I usually have work or meetings for the adults to attend to that keeps them
> out of the Scouts way. I let parents know that they are there to offer
> leadership for the troop not care for there son. I tend to be a bit of a
> hard nose on this issue, but I have seen times before a got so hard nose
> about this that parents have interfered with the Scouts having a good time
> or bonding as patrols. Since both of those goals assist in the lessons
> Scouting offers, I do whatever I can to prevent parents from doing that.
I do not agree at all with the above.
When we are out on outings, it is the responsibility of the Patrol
Leader for each patrol to make sure that all of the adults are
invited to eat with one of the patrols. The adults are always
divided evenly. If there are four adults and two patrols, each of
the two patrol leaders know that they will have two adult guests.
I do not believe in separation. Of course, I do not believe in
taking over and doing the job of the Scouts either. I really feel
that there is a happy medium. By being a part of the patrols, I am
better able to sense their down times when they need some
encouragement, or their up times when they need to be praised. The
Scouts in our troop always know they can come to the adults for help
or with a question. I am really truly a kid at heart, and as I tell
the boys, I am really not sure what I want to be when I grow up.
You just have to go back to the days of yesteryear to be a successful
Marie E. Lackore
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