Re: non camper
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU)
Mon, 23 Sep 1996 14:30:59 CST
On Mon, 23 Sep 1996 11:24:41 -0400 Jim Holman said:
>So, should I give him more time or the ultimatum the PLC wants?
It's always difficult to have someone who doesn't participate in all
aspects of the program but not attending campouts doesn't seem to me like
a reason to dump a kid. Several years ago, my son's troop held a parent
and new scout campout shortly after crossover. It was held at a nearby
state park which had very nice facilities including shelters, showers, and
flush toilets. This was presented to the scouts and their parents as an
"expected" event. There were sessions for parents to learn more about the
troop and its needs and for scouts to begin work on their advancement program.
And, there were activities for younger siblings so no one had to be left
We found this outing helped scouts get over some of the initial campout
jitters. The troop offered lots of equipment and helped people learn how to
use it. If you've never camped before, where do you start?
There may be other issues than a general camping anxiety. I'd try talking
with the parent and encourage her to not be quite so accepting of her son's
excuse but to insist that he follow through when he signs up for a campout.
If she continually accepts his excuses, she needs to understand how it is
affecting the unit and she can help her son decide what he wants to do. It
is possible that he should consider involvement in other youth programs that
better meet his needs and where he can (will) more fully participate.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City