Re: Its a mess!
Paul Brown (PHBrown48@AOL.COM)
Wed, 1 Jul 1998 07:45:44 -0400
Note - Dad as well as Mom is involved with the new scout - carrying the
footlocker, wanting to stay in camp after parent night instead of just
going home. Dad had to know that mom wrote the check and intends to go to
the second week of summer camp. Would Dad have gone if Mom didn't?
If a Dad (ASM) "drops by" summer camp, is it also viewed negatively?
I have told this story to some of you previously. Forgive my
repeating. I was SA in a troop that had a father who attended every troop
activity that his son attended. They stayed in the same tent. They cooked
together. If dinner didn't turn out as planned, they McDonalds'd together
(new verb, sorry). Father and mother signed up w/ the district as counselors
for about half a dozen merit badges each, but told the district they were only
willing to counsel scouts from their son's troop. Oh, and forgot to tell the
troop that they were counselors. The identity of the scout they counseled is
left to your imagination, dear reader. I remember suggesting to the mother
that having her son call a relative stranger, make an appointment, and
demonstrate his stuff would be a good practice run for, among other things, a
job interview. Totally over her head.
A so-so Eagle project was completed. The passive voice is intentional,
because I don't know who selected or planned or executed it. I have my
suspicions, but they will have to remain my suspicions. I didn't attend, as
notification only took place a couple of nights before.
Eagle award was approved, but scout didn't want a Court of Honor.
Family moved out of state soon after.
Please teach your scouts' parents to let go. Let the scouts play the
game. If parents want to be involved, this is wonderful - let them do
something other than be with their son all of the time.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City