Re: Parent Participation
Kragelund Marie-Louise Winther (KWinther@KTKSTUD.JPTE.HU)
Wed, 23 Apr 1997 16:55:12 +0100
One thing we did in our group to get parents more active was giving
all the parents a questionary through the children. First we
explained why we needed their help, and how much a little would do.
Second we listed exactly where, when and with what we needed their
help for the next half year or so, and they could give it a cross if
they could help. We also asked if somebody had a profession, which
made them fit for helping with something upcoming - e.g. rebuilding a
part of our hut.
Most parents felt that it was much easier to say yes, when they knew
exactly what they gave a yes to, and when they were able to plan for
it. (They knew already in august that the third weekend of october
was reserved for scouting).
And the laziest parents were "ashamed" to send back a blank paper, so
they checked for at least one event!
That was the starting. The second thing was the feedback. Giving them
phonenumbers on who exactly they should call etc, who else would be
Third thing was at the event. One leader had the responsibility of
"amusing" the parents - making coffee, making them feel that it was
not a waste of time, but made them enjoy helping us and having a good
time with their children.
All this was of course made to make them show up another time - and
Hope this gives some inspiration.
19 yrs old scoutleader from Denmark, where everything IS different...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City