scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Scouting Report Card
Sun Jul 23 2000 - 17:05:55 CDT
> I think a "report card" would provide a starting point for discussions and
> make it easier for me/other scoutmasters to get organized before talking
> to parents. Does anyone out there use this approach? Any suggestions?
> Any resources?
You make it sound like we're supposed to have "parent-teacher" conferences to
report on the progress of the boys and on our own effectiveness as Scouters.
I don't believe I've been trained in this aspect of Scoutmastership.
If parents want to know how their boys are doing in Scouting (and they
should), they ought to attend the troop's Courts of Honor to see how their
son's advancement compares with that of the rest of the troop. They ought to
attend an occasional meeting or campout, serve as a merit badge counselor, or
provide transportation occasionally so they can compare their son's behavior
with that of the rest of the troop.
It's interesting that we can invent so many gimmicks to "improve" Scouting
such as troop handbooks, troop rules, report cards, etc, yet fail to
implement the "Aims and Methods" of Scouting and all the excellent training
provided by BSA.
When we properly train the boy leaders and give them authority to do their
jobs, advancement and personal growth always seems to take care of
themselves. And the parents see the difference.