Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: parent camping
Re: parent camping
Wed, 11 Aug 1999 13:52:08 -0600
Jim Peterson (the other one!) wrote:
>Regarding rules prohibiting non-registered adults (i.e. parents) from
>attending troop campouts, the Scoutmaster Handbook says on pg. 134;
> "All aspects of scouting are open at any time for observation by
>parents or guardians and troop leaders."
>By my interpretation this means that if a parent wishes to accompany
>your troop on a camping trip, you must allow him/her to do so. The
>passage above comes from a section relating to "secret organizations"
>within the Boy Scouts, but it clearly says "all aspects of scouting".
Hi Jim, et al!
Got absolutely no problem with observers nor does our troop. My comments
and posts have been about those providing LEADERSHIP.
I think we all kinda know where this statement about secret organizations
and parental observation is coming from.....primarily from concerns about
hazing and OA ceremonies. And even the whole concept of "I want to observe
what is happening to my son" takes on the overtones of a parent who is
interested in HIS or HER son......not rest of the scouts in the unit.
If Johnny's mom wants to come and see what goes on at a campout that would
be fine with our troop committee. She'd be welcomed with open arms, fed
gormet food from the Old Goat kitchen and I'd even let her borrow my camp
stool. Let her say that she will help teach her son's patrol how to wash
dishes and we'd say....nope....not til you go through training and learn:
1. How BSA handles dishwashing.
2. BSA's method of instruction.
3. Why BSA lets the scout do the work without help from an adult.
4. How to promote cheerful spirits during irksome tasks.
5. Etc, etc, etc.
So Johnny's mom/dad is welcome to observe on every campout. Now, after the
first observation has been completed, Johnny's mom or dad will have to
furnish his/her own food and cook it for him/herself.<vbg>
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