Re: a question of supervison
Pat & Mike Sempsrott (sempsrot@PEGANET.COM)
Sat, 9 Nov 1996 08:19:06 -0500
At 04:17 PM 11/6/96 -0800, you wrote:
>You did the right thing. I've taken a boy to the hospital 40 miles from
> Why were they not with their patrols? Could their Patrol Leader
>give them a way to contribute to the group rather than geting into trouble.
>Is there anything we should say to parents as they start in scouting about
>collective supervision and "raising each others kids?"
PMFJI, but it was my understanding that the boys exhibiting the unsafe
behavior were Webelos. Each one should have had a parent at the
campout, unless I have completely misunderstood all of the information
I've been getting. I believe the situation was handled quite well,
considering the information available at the time. Yes, the matter
of discipline could have been handled differently, but put yourself
in another's shoes - would you not possibly have reacted as strongly
in the full rush of adrenaline?
Next, my real reason for replying, well aside from reassurance. Perhaps
troops could provide to the Webelos den leader a flyer of information about
Boy Scout camping rules, which are different from Cub Scout rules, so that the
den leader may then communicate those to the parents who will be attending
I know that in our Pack, getting the safety information and camp rules out
to the parents has become a priority, because those of us who have led the
campouts the last year or two are tired of being looked at as the bad guys
when we have to enforce same. Many parents do not take the time to learn
what is allowed, etc., and then complain that we are being overly strict, or
are picking on them or their boys. Especially when it comes to safety rules
I allow little discussion at the time, merely explaining the reason for the
rule as calmly as possible.
Anyway, that's my $.02!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City