scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Society Is To Blame
Denise Oppenhagen (DenOp@AOL.COM
Mon Aug 07 2000 - 17:08:40 CDT
But realize, too, that the other adult leaders need to work together to
"corral" the boys.
We just returned from Day Camp. I was adult leader for five of the boys in
our 25-boy Den (it was a combination of different dens from the area, so we
didn't know many of these boys). I ended up the lead person for all (getting
beads, schedule, etc.)
I was ready to give up after the first day. When we were at our last
station, the BB's, all the boys were told to stay out of the lake and near
the station. I understand it was the end of the day, but myself, one other
parent and the station leader were all reinforcing this. Finally, at the
end, we told the boys if they wanted to participate, they needed to stay in a
circle around the station. One parent had many of his boys who said they
didn't want to participate and they played in the water. We made a last call
a couple of times. When the station was closing, that parent decided that
his boys were going to participate because they needed to earn the beltloop.
If we as adult leaders aren't going to hold our boys to the rules, who will?
The station leader was trying his best, but this parent overruled him.
(Needless to say, they acted that way the whole week and it was not a very