Re: Parents ban Scouting as discipline
Mark Arend (arend@PEOPLES.NET)
Thu, 24 Apr 1997 09:56:24 -0500
At 09:39 PM 4/23/97 -0500, you wrote:
>Even though I have an agreement from the vast majority of parents that
>Scouting is an educational institution that reinforces good behavior,
>morals, and ethics, I still have a parent that is banning their son from
>*ALL* Scout activities (including troop and patrol meetings) as a form of
> I understand that the mom knowlingly still allows her son to run
unsupervised with the local neighborhood gang riff-raff,
Sounds like they may have a problem with Scouts & this is an excuse--or
they are being very inconsistant.
Parents keeping kids from Scouts is common and I think part of it is a lack
of understanding of what we are trying to accomplish. They are thinking of
it as a fun activity which, as a by-product, reinforces good behavior.
Whereas the aims of Scouting are: Citizenship, Growth in moral strength &
character, and Development in physical, mental, emotional fitness (as stated
in the training manual) and the fun activities are a tool we use.
We need to help parents understand this better. To this end I'm working on
an idea for a parent orientation meeting that we would have for parents of
all incoming boys. The idea is to get them together with Troop leaders,
feed them & give them some of this information. They will then be less
likely to pull the kid for disciplinary reasons and will be more likely to
When I get my outline smoothed out a little more I'll post it for comments,
but in the mean time I know some of you do something similar (that's where I
got the idea in the first place). What do you do & how does it work?
Mark W. Arend
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