scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: By-Laws or Parent Handout
The Gillams (howlers@INTELIPORT.COM
Mon Feb 14 2000 - 11:45:53 CST
>From personal experience it is a good idea to have By-laws or a Parent
and Scout handout/s. That way everything that is expected from the boy,
parent, and unit is spelled out beforehand.
All too often questions or problems arise that need to be addressed.
Things like discipline policy, joining fees, meetings nights of
committee or Troop or Pack, explanation of advancements, uniform rules,
That way if this is in writing it can be given to new families when the
boy joins. Now I feel after having been in Scouts for over five years
that there needs to be a mandatory parent orientation night at least
twice a year. Where the program can be explained, particularly Boy
Scouts, to bridging Webelos families and families new to Scouting.
Many times Webelos cross-over and the parents know absolutely zilch
about the differences between Cubs and Boy Scouts programs. Thinking
they are basically the same. This type of thinking can create havoc if
not addressed properly and in a timely manner.
If there is the orientation then these items can be given out during the
meeting. A representative/s can then explain and go over important
issues and address the parents concerns. Also these documents should be
reviewed yearly for revisions as needed.
My Kids' Mom
Troop 164, ASM
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