Parent Coach Counselor
David F. Delman (Delman01@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Thu, 16 Oct 1997 12:09:54 -0400
First: Losse's Troop that is going to use the idea of
A Parent Coach Counselor is a Fantastic idea.
Usage helps to bridge the gap as to what the heck boy scouting is =
by creating a Guardian(Parent)/Adult Scout Leader Partnership.
This helps with so many difficulties at the Starting Gate I can't =
begin to list them all. For Example
1>The Single Perfectionist Mom (11 yr old going into ?SCOUTING?
2>The Busy Under a Lot of Stress Dad (Who's ragging his son to grow NOW
3>The ScoutMaster who gets call after call from parents and can't
seem to live life anymore or starts turning off the parents
because time is crowding him/her.
4>The Single Mom who doesn't want her son emotionally distraught
yet knows he needs "one-of-those" male role models
5>The Guardian who doesn't really know what scouting is, and
expects that it is just Bigger Bears.
"What the heck are boys doing leading meetings, that lazy SM"
"My boy wanting a knife What??"
Second: Beyond this good idea there is still the item of how to handle
the diversity of physical and emotional makeups of 5th grade boys and
those down to 10. To keep them in scouting, in my opinion pro-active =
adult assistance is needed for those first few maturing and great =
starting years. It seems here is were many listers have personally
send disagreements to me that these boys and their difficulties exist
or if they do they are not normal. In my experience if you let these
guys on their own they will stay in messy underwear, wet socks, and =
sneaks, won't even bring a sweatshirt when it goes down to 30, and
won't tell you they are having difficulty with some of the older boys.
When they get home they will tell someone and even if they don't the
guardian/parent will soon figure it out.
YiS, IMHO, and may we each attempt to live the SO,SL,SS,SM
Mr Dave (Hawleyton, NY (Susquenango Council=
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City