Scouts missing meetings
Jan Mussler (mussler@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Thu, 2 Oct 1997 11:05:07 -0600
I usually start with the Scout and tell them how much, 1) the guys missed
him 2)the leaders missed him. Find out why he missed. Sports, family
illness, no ride. Maybe you can help. Let him know what he missed.
My first year I had a mom who scheduled dentist appointments on den day.
I noticed that didn't happen this year (sometimes those appointments are
scheduled 6 months in advance - I know mine are).
If the missed meetings become the norm, talk with the parent. Again, find
out why. Doesn't like scouts? Ride a problems? Soembody in the den
picking on him?
I also require excused absences. Then you know ahead if someone has an
appointment, is ill etc. No shows are worrisome.
Part of the problem is family commitment. Sometimes the support for the
boy is just not there or they don't feel as strongly about Scouting as you
do. It's just another after school activity for them rather than a way of
life. I don't think you can change that attitude much. You can do it
some, but if after a boy has been in your den for awhile and the
commitment is lukewarm, my guess is as advancement becomes more their
responsibility they will 1) drop 2) not advance and show up for the fun
I error on the side of showing concern, but try not to nag.
Jan Mussler, Webelos Den Leader, Pack 170
Nederland, CO - Long's Peak Council
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