Re: Several comments...
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Tue, 4 Nov 1997 15:09:19 -0500
A.A.M. wrote, in part:
> Well, I know nothing about what BSA, the way the troops
> are fun, what patrol leaders do. Do I need to buy a book? I don't plan
> to move up with my boys.
Well, the Troops ARE "fun," but I'll assume you meant "run!" ;-)
When your sons bridge, the Troop SHOULD (but frequently does not)
provide info to the parents about the program. Informal discussions with
the Troop Scouters will give you a sense of how that Troop does its
thing. The local Scout Shop has plenty of publications, of course, the
best of which (for quick info) are, IMHO, the Boy Scout Handbook (which
your sons will need in any event) and the Scoutmasters Handbook.
BTW, don't give up on playing a role. There's plenty of
behind-the-scenes work to be done, and in most Troops help from the
parents is gratefully accepted and much appreciated.
> I truly want them to cut the purse strings,
> especially my son, and move on to Scouts without me.
Sorry, you may be able to cut the apron strings, but what with
fundraisers, summer camp, etc., you'll be REAL luck to cut the purse
Steve on Cattail Creek
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City