scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Webelos to Scout Transition
Mark Arend (mwarend@INTERNETWIS.COM
Sun Nov 28 1999 - 21:25:31 CST
At 11:06 AM 11/24/99 -0500, Dale Karweik wrote:
>The second reason in our area is the transition from elementary to middle
>school. There is a massive difference in the school work required in
>quantity, difficulty and quality demanded. It is not unusual for boys to
>have 3 to 5 hours of homework a night. This is coupled with the first
>opportunity to play extramural school sports. The combination is deadly
>for retaining young men in the program.
Add to this the whole different "culture" that you see in Middle schools
vs. Elementary schools. I remember a comment from our then-DE when the
local Junior High switched to a Middle school and the 6th graders were
moved over. He said we would have a harder time recruiting.
>The third reason in our area is an oversell of sports activities by the
In many areas, not just yours.
>An unexpected cause was the boy's parents who were not ready for their son
>to become independent. They did not support the idea of a boy run program.
> They did not like the shift in emphasis from the family to the boy as an
>individual. This was not easily diagnosed until a father actually came
>out and said this was the reason the family had stopped supporting their
>son in Scouting. He was starting to make his own breakfast, arrange for
>his own trasportation to and from school and manage his own money so that
>he could set priorities for himself. They did not like this trend away
>from family dependence and decided Scouting was the cause.
And some parents never do get used to it. Some of you may know that I'm a
librarian in a public library. I've lost track of the number of times that
parents have come in doing research for their high-school aged child (oddly
enough, it's usually the Moms getting stuff for their sons). Once I was
helping a woman and, as I always do, I asked what grade this was for. She
replied it was for her son's college-level business course!
I know they think they mean well, but they're doing the kid no favors.
Mark W. Arend, Scoutmaster
Beaver Dam, Wisc.