Tiger to Wolf Parent Transition
Jan Mussler (mussler@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Wed, 16 Jul 1997 09:17:36 -0600
The training is SO important! We had, in our Pack, a father sign his son
up last fall. In talking with this man, I realized he had a recreation
background and approached him to be a den leader. He had a Bear age boy.
I talked up training at sign-up, but every time training dates came, he
had a reason why he couldn't go. The Committee approached him about
training. We may have come on a little strong. I e-mailed him about the
importance of it. His kids were having a good time with great activities.
The problem was - he was not filing Tour Permits for activities which
needed them and after the fact, we found that not all the activities were
approached in perhaps the safest manner.
We lost many of the kids in that den. This individual was a
non-conformist. We also, in hindsight, believe he may have come to Cub
Scouts with preconceived notions about what it was - "Where's the
camping?" (we do family camp - once a year). His Scouts did not advance
and when they did, the other Scouts complained that the boys did not
"earn" their awards, but were given the awards.
Communication was poor; he did not attend leader meetings. We have,
picked up a few of those boys who did not get a chance to experience Cub
Scouts as a whole.
So...training is SO important for the boys to have a well-rounded Cub
Perhaps, in some ways, I was lucky. I came to it knowing very little and
had to rely on training to learn the Program.
Jan Mussler, Webelos Den Leader, Pack 170
Nederland, CO - Long's Peak Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City