Saturday, October 8, 2011


Some Scouters complain that parents hover over there Scout to the point of being overbearing.

Some LDS-Scouters complain that parents bring their kids to Church, slow the car down to a slow roll, open the door, kick the kid out and drive away like they are competing in NASCAR.  They use Scouts as a babysitting program.

How do we get parents that are right in the middle of these two?


Eric the Half-bee said...

I think people do not recognize or realize all that we have to do to make Scouting work for the boys. It's a logistical and beaurocratic nightmare that, unless you have a functioning committee, you will slog along by yourself in the swamp until you get bogged down, tired out and say, "I'm finished." Adults need to know why you need their help. Boys need to know - from adults' actions, not their just telling them - that it's important to their parents as well. Here's a couple of ideas I've had about this:

1) Tell them about specific needs; use the commitment pattern and ask a direct "will you" question to help fill one of those needs.

2) Variation on #1, ask them to help with (not "serve on") the committee, and if they say yes, give them some Scouting 101 (aims, mission, vision, methods...) instruction.

Here are some other thoughts I've had about it:

Fishgutts said...

I can understand to a degree those who stop doing their calling when it is clear that they are carrying the whole program on their backs. In fact, the sin in part belongs on the non-functioning Scout Committee or the Bishopric that doesn't form the SC.

Using the commitment pattern huh? How 1995.... :) That is the year I started serving my mission.

I will say my ward is very.........unique. I am still trying to figure them out and that makes them tick so I can turn around and harness them. The dynamic of my ward changes minute to minute and that isn't an exaggeration.