Re: Seeking advice
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Wed, 1 Oct 1997 10:39:00 -0400
Kevin S. Woods wrote, in part:
> So...... Do I just become a taxi service and offer it up for the good of
> scouting and call it my good deed for the day, or do I wait and see if they
> stop coming?
A couple of thoughts:
First, the program is for the boys, not their parents, so I'd put aside
the parents' lack of participation (and manners) and instead focus on
the Scouts. Some Scouts are blessed (or cursed ;->) with parents who
participate, others not so, and that shouldn't make a difference. I
know, I know, we as Scouters are in fact more apt to go the extra mile
when the parents support the unit, but at least we should do no LESS for
the Scouts not so connected.
Second, from your post, I'll assume that the parents do not particularly
support their sons' participation in Scouting, certainly not enough to
inconvenience their own schedules. So, it boils down to getting the boys
transportation or losing them. With that said, I'm not sure it's wholly
your burden. Are there other Scouts/Scouters who are close enough to
give a hand? Sounds like a good matter to pose to the PLC, who in turn
could canvas the rest of the Troop. Might be a real team builder in
Finally, if all else failed, yes, I'd provide transportation, but with a
quid pro quo. I'd sit down with the parents, express your desire that
the boys be supported in continuing in Scouting, but with a clear sense
to them of the burden your taking on. I'd give them several options of
things they could commit to in order to "repay" the good turn you're
committing to do -- transportation, fundraising, committee work, etc.
Might help bring the family closer into the Scouting "family." Ya gotta
squeeze the lemons a bit to make lemonade!
Steve on Cattail Creek
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City