cub scout discipline and parent attendance at den meetings
Powers, Michael, T., Mr., ASA-FM (PowerMT@HQDA.ARMY.MIL)
Wed, 18 Feb 1998 09:18:42 -0500
I've got two related issues I would like some thoughts on. My son is a Web
I. Because of my job, we just transferred to a new area and a new pack.
One of my issues is parent attendance at the den meetings. The Den Leader
requires that each boy have a parent in attendance at all meetings.
Sometimes we help out, but most of the time when we help out it is just
"make work" to justify us being there in my opinion. Is this how it's done
these days? At the last pack, we only stayed around if there was a real
requirement to do so, where we would have an impact.
My second issue is the cub scouts and den leader of this den have
established a discipline procedure that has to run counter to BSA policy.
Roughly it is this: on a boy's first call-down for not behaving, they are
given a five minute time-out with their parent; on a second offense, they
are given a time-out in another part of the house further away from the
meeting; on their third offense, they must clean the den leader's bathroom.
When I initially heard this, I thought it was a joke. Well at last week's
meeting my son got called for his third offense (interrupting when the den
leader was talking), and the den leader said he would have to clean her
bathroom. Since I considered it just a threat to hold over the kids, and I
know of no other child who has actually cleaned the bathroom, we left right
after the meeting. Well, the den leader saw my wife at another child's
meeting and informed her that my son either had to clean her bathroom, or he
would not be allowed to come to the next meeting. I am incensed over this,
and would like your thoughts.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City