Scouts-L Mail Archive for May of 1999: Re: Parental suggestions and what do I do with those?
Re: Parental suggestions and what do I do with those?
Michael A. Golrick
Fri, 30 Apr 1999 10:37:32 -0400
Jan Mussler <mussler@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU> asked (in part):
>The second was a call for a parents meeting. How often are others having
>a parent meeting? We had one, shortly after the WEbelos crossed in
>February (or just before, I forget) and just before Klondike. Again, a
>good idea, but I feel some compulsion to get the leaders and boy leaders
>trained and the Committee functioning on a regular basis. And also to get
>the PLC up and running.
I'm only going to answer the middle question. Partly because I don't
understand the first, and am not particularly intrigued by the third.
I am also a CC. I have been for almost 3 years. Good news is that our troop
is pretty functional.
We hold monthly Parents Meetings. These are crucial to the
organization/support of the program. The first meeting of the year is when
the jobs are divided up. I have a list of jobs and at the beginning of that
meeting say "We can't leave until all the slots have names." Key positions
are filled in advance (all the SM/ASM positions; advancement; treasurer).
It is a way to recruit parental support.
What are the jobs? A list (besides those above) includes:
Assistant Committee Chair, Court of Honor Coordinator, "Eagle Scout"
Coordinator, Finance Committee, Fund Raising, Quartermaster, Secretary,
Publicity (Newspapers), Newsletter (Court of Honor), Tour Permit
Coordinator, District Campout Coordinators, Scout Sunday, Summer Trip,
Yawgoog (Summer Camp) Coordinator, Ski Trip Coordinator, Hospitality
Chair, Scouting for Food, Scout Uniform & Equipment Exchange, Band &
Caroling Coordinator, Training Coordinator
Many of the jobs are the traditional "one hour/week" kind of jobs and are
not overwhelming in nature.
The other key feature to the Parents Meetings can be summed up in one word:
At Troop meeting the communication is SPL to troop members. But, we all
know that the scouts don't always tell the parents what the parents
want/need to know. Here is an opportunity for parents to get the info
straight from the leaders.
There is overlap in our troop between the first two groups. (This is good.)
The SM and SPL both make reports along with the CC and the troop treasurer.
Any questions, feel free to email back.
Can you tell I feel passionately about this issue?
CC, Troop 68, Trumbull CT
Eagle Dad, SPL Dad
...and a good old Buffalo, too