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?
Fri, 30 Apr 1999 16:01:19 -0400
<Jan Mussler wrote>
As CC, from time to time, I get parental suggestions. I got several
last night. How should I handle these?
The first was to include, somehow, for the parents, the "40 Assets"
program in a potluck dinner format. While this is certainly a
worthwhile program and could be beneficial given the recent LIttleton,
CO shootings, right now I feel tasked with getting the Program
reorganized or up and running.
I'm not sure what you mean by "40 Assets", but parental suggestions
should be viewed as beneficial. They also make a great opening for
inviting someone to volunteer. Someone suggests doing such and such at
a pot luck dinner. There are two possible responses: 1) "I'll mention
it to the committee (or SM or PLC) and see what they say." and 2) "I'd
like to hear more about your idea." The first response tells the
parent you really don't know what to make of the suggestion and it'll
probably be forgotten as soon as the conversation is over. You may not
intend to say that, but that's what it translates to. The second
response shows general interest in the idea and opens the door for a
conversation that could ultimately lead to recruiting a new committee
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.
You probably have no real need for parents meetings IF: 1) you have
one or two functions during the year that include the Scout's family
such as a Court of Honor or Pot Luck. These activities give parents an
opportunity to meet with the adult leaders and see how things are
going. 2) Your committee meetings are open to everyone AND they know
it. If parents know they can attend committee meetings, and have
limited input in the discussion, there really wouldn't be a need for a
parents meeting. After a couple committee meetings with parents
involved, you may find some parents more willing to volunteer.
The third idea sounds intriguing, not typical boy scouting, but fun.
Apparently this dad attended such a function with his Girl Scout
daughter. The Scouts would be invited to a semi-formal "dinner" where
coaches on etiquette and table manners would be available to teach
them the ropes about which fork, how to dress,, what not to do. After
eating with the "animals" at my own dinner table, where some kids show
great manners and others eat with their hands, wipe their mouth on
their sleeve, forget to pass food etc. , this isn;t a bad idea. I
think with this one, I could throw it out to the PLC for inclusion on
the calendar (if we ever get a date for annual planning). Anyone else
done this before and what was your experience?
While I've never been involved in such a thing, it seems like a good
idea if the PLC agrees. Just remember, a Scout is courteous.