Re: Over active parent
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Mon, 2 Feb 1998 21:18:33 -0500
On Sat, 31 Jan 1998, T. Nixon wrote:
> I have heard of many units who go camping - and they separate each
> patrol as well as the adults from each other (sometimes by a good
> distance). This gives the boys an opportunity to learn, lead, mature,
> and enjoy what Scouting has to offer.
A troop had a father who accompanied his son on EVERY scout activity.
Slept in the same tent, cooked together (if the meal was not a success,
disappeared to McDonalds' together), etc. Mother & father signed up as
MB counselors, about 5 badges each, but counseled perhaps one scout other
than their son. (When I suggested that a "hidden" benefit of having a
relative stranger as a MB counselor was the opportunity to call someone
on the phone, schedule an appointment, show your stuff - the stuff job
interviews are made or, for example, they looked at me like I was from
The troop knew him as a big baby. Got his 21 MBs. Did a so-so Eagle project.
"Earned" the rank. Never scheduled a COH.
IMO, the "over active" parents cheated this scout out of some of the best
that Scouting can offer.
Paul H. Brown, KD4UPD
I used to be an Antelope, WB 82-66
Scout Roundtable Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioner, Pack CC
George Washington District, National Capital Area Council, BSA
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