Re: Patrol Dads
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Sat, 13 Sep 1997 19:14:46 -0500
Mark Arend asked:
>From time to time I have heard the term "patrol dad" on this List. My
>impression is that this person is a guide or advisor for the members of the
>patrol. Could some of you give me more information on this? Is this
>person an ASM? And is there some reason you don't use the title ASM?
"Patrol Dads" originated with the earlier Scouting program, and over the
years, the "position" stuck. "Patrol Dads" are fathers that help out the
Patrol in which their sons belong to, for the most part. They may be
Assistant Scoutmasters (ASMs) or members of the Troop's Committee or both.
Or, they may, as Mark explained, be scared of the "ASM" title and would
rather do the things that ASMs do but not to be registered or "tied down" to
holding a "specific position" in his boy's Troop.
I guess you can also have now "Patrol Moms" as well..... the title was there
long before the BSA's opening of positions to female adults.
It's NOT an "official" title, and as I stated, not a registered one either.
It's just what I call "straphangers", those that want to spend time with
their son and with the boys within his son's patrol, but do not want to be a
registered member of the Troop.
*Exercise a little caution* with doing this, Mark. At a minimum, register
them as Troop Committeemembers and insure that they attend the Youth
Protection training program through your local Council.
Hope you find a lot of Patrol "Dads" and "Moms", Mark!
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