scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Troop New Parent Orientation
Patrick Hummert (troop_765@YAHOO.COM
Sun Feb 06 2000 - 11:45:20 CST
> >We are going to hold a mandatory new parent
> orientation meeting >>
> how do you go about getting something
> approaching 100% attendance without "force" ?
>From My Experience!
We started using a similar "plan" in our Troop last
In the past, we had large numbers of Webelos cross
over into the Troop, with a lot of them dropping out a
month or two later when parents became upset with the
need to pay fees!
Yes, we sent all the details home with each Scout
(several times!) but as with approach of Summer Camp
and the failure for parents to seek scholarships, so
came the "DROP OUT" of many good Scouts who "changed
As Scoutmaster, I realized the problem and took in my
own hands last year!
No Scout was allowed to do more the visit for 1-2
meeting after the Crossing Over without their parents
meeting with the Scoutmaster to review expectations!
Saved on Paper!
Cut down on real "Dropouts"!
And parents expressed feeling that they better
understood the cost as well as "just where is my son
We have been able to more closely understand the
family needs of some of the younger Scouts, and are
able to work out alt. payment plans for a few that
most likely would have fallen by the side!
The real issue at hand is as follows:
"Can we as Troop Leaders, find ways to really insure
that Scouting is available for all boys?"
This year, I am trying to meet with a "group of
parents" to save time. However, I realize that not
all are available on the same night! Those parents
will be met with on a more 1-1 bases within the limits
noted above! I have done one such "meeting" over the
phone, mailing the details to the parent and asking
her to call me back AFTER she has read it!
Leave no Scout un-turned!
Keep Scouting Fun!
Pat Hummert, SM
Troop 765, GSLAC
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