Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: I'M WRONG re: parent camping
Re: I'M WRONG re: parent camping
Thu, 5 Aug 1999 19:19:04 EDT
<< You referenced our troop's policy about those going camping and delivering
the program to our scout need be registered and trained:
>Of course you have, because if the boy wants to be in your Troop,
>one of his parents _must_ register and take the time.
Haven't noticed losing ANY boys because of what you describe. Now we
typically turn away about 20 boys per year, but that's because of our
capacity cap. We counsel them to join other troops in the district. But
most of the other troops in the district have the SAME requirements in
terms of adult attendance at events....in otherwords, you gotta be
I have paraphrased 2 different leaders opinions about requiring adults to
register. I don't have as much of a problem with requiring adults that go on
camping trips or summer camp to be registered. However, I do have a problem
with the rule that a boy can't register unless his parent registers also.
What about the boy whose parents are not involved in their lives? They are
typically the boys who need Scouting values the most. In my troop, I would
never turn away a boy because their parent doesn't care enough to register.
It sure makes me mad, but I won't penalize the boy: I feel that that boy
needs Scouting more than the boy whose parent goes camping with him, goes to
his baseball games, etc. Let us remember that we are not here for the
parents, we are not here to make our jobs easy, we are not here for corporate
Scouting, but we are here FOR THE BOYS!
Boy Scout/Girl Scout leader
Cub Scout Day Camp Director (whose camp is next week, wish me luck)