Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Regarding Parent Participation At Summer Camp
Re: Regarding Parent Participation At Summer Camp
Jim Miller Jr.
Tue, 3 Aug 1999 12:33:12 -0400
Maybe it's just me, but I don't see what the problem would be. My Troop
will take any parent, any time, on any outing without a problem.
At summer camp, we do set aside an area - under a tarp, with comfortable
camp chairs, and an always-on coffee pot - called "Leaderville". We try
to keep the youth out of Leaderville (execpt through their
chain-of-command), but the real objective is to keep the adults in that
one area. Committee members and other parents enjoy having an area of
their own and they don't run around getting too involved with the kids.
Personally, I like to see parents take some time in the evenings or at
meals to talk with their sons about how things are going. They always
bring it back to Leaderville and we (the SM and ASM's) get a real good
idea of how things are going without actually having to speak with every
Sure parents will show up at merit badge classes, but the Staff at Rock
Hill Scout Reservation is excellent at dealing with them. They
particpate in Troop activities (rifle or archery shoots, Troop swims,
etc.) and those parents who attend camp get a good amount of quality
time with their sons.
I've also noticed that the Scouts, from the youngest to the oldest,
really don't want their parents hanging out with them at summer camp.
Our Scouts enjoy camp and having a tag-along parent is apparently rather
uncool. The only exception to this is that every Scout wants their
parent to accompany them to the Trading Post (or maybe they just want
the wallet to tag along).
James J. Miller, Jr. ASM - Troop 5, Kearny, NJ
Eagle - 1988 Vigil - 1994 I used to be a Bobwhite(NE-II-76)
Hudson County District Committee District Venturing Chairman
Northern New Jersey Council, BSA