September 2007 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
| Volume 14, Issue
October 2007 Theme
Down on the Farm
Citizen & Showman
Bill Smith, the Roundtable Guy
A Home and Neighborhood
The Cub Scout program of the
Boy Scouts of America stresses the relationship of the family to the Scouting
program and importance of the family in the development of the Cub Scout age
boy. Cub Scouting gives families sets of age appropriate activities structured
so that parents and other family members have considerable control of how the
Cub Scout grows.
In Cub Scouting, boys and
their families have fun and adventure in a program that builds character and
instills values. Cub Scouting embraces the values of citizenship, compassion,
cooperation, courage, faith, health and fitness, honesty, perseverance, positive
attitude, resourcefulness, respect, and responsibility. These values come to
boys in all parts of the Cub Scout program—all while they're having a great time
with their friends and families.
The Cub Scout program of the
Boy Scouts of America is unique among the various Cub programs in the World
Scouting movement. Our method is based on activities a boy could do around his
own home or in his immediate neighborhood with members of his family.
Family involvement is
essential to Cub Scouting's success. When we talk about "family" in Cub
Scouting, we're sensitive to the realities of present-day families. Many Cub
Scouts do not come from traditional two-parent homes. Some boys live with a
single parent or with other relatives or guardians. Cub Scouting considers a
boy's family to be the people with whom he lives.
Without the support and involvement of a boy’s
parents, Cub Scouting becomes more or less another form of child care with some
Getting Parents Involved
The Parent Agreement
Being a leader is a great
example for your own kids. They really benefit from seeing what it takes for
their pack to work. It doesn't happen by accident: someone has to plan, gather
the stuff, drag it all to the meeting place and then tell everyone what to do.
Then pick it all up afterwards.
Yes, you can overdo it - you
can take on so many jobs that your own kids are forgotten or even neglected and
they may resent what you're doing. So, don't over do it. Do one job and do it
That's why I preach that all
leaders should be selfish. Do it because you want to show your own children how
to live. If you want to help other kids in your community, tell their parents
that they had better get involved and be just as good a role model as you are.
Kids of Cub Scout age are learning how to live by copying their parents. If the
parents are lazy, and break the promises they made when their boy joined the
pack then their kids are learning to be the same kind of turkeys. You can't
change it by trying to be some kind of pseudo parent for the whole neighborhood.
One of the most important
tasks a Cub Scout leader does is to convince other parent how important it is
for them to get involved in their sons' Cub Scout program and how this helps
their families and their boys' development.
Never, never do anything that
you can possibly get another parent to do.
Many parents attend their
first Cub Scout meetings ready to be involved as leaders in their son's pack.
All it takes is for us to find out why they want to, and then tie that reason to
our invitation. When you sell your pack’s Cub Scouting program to prospective
parents, make sure you tell them why they would like to get involved. Here are
some of the important reasons why parents in your pack may want to be leaders or
help in other ways:
LOVE - Most parents
love their children and want to express their love in tangible ways. Getting
involved with their son's Cub Scout program is a very special way of showing him
how much they love him.
Many adults have fond recollections of their own good times with youth
organizations like Scouting. They want their children to have similar
opportunities and are willing to work to make it happen.
AIMS AND IDEALS - We
want our children to grow up to become good citizens with strong character
traits and to be physically and mentally fit. Giving Good Will, Helping Other
People, and Duty to God and Country, are important educational goals.
STRENGTHEN THE FAMILY -
The Cub Scout program is designed to strengthen communication and respect
between family members. It is structured so that even the busiest of us with
the most stressed family structures can take advantage of the achievements and
electives to build strong bonds between ourselves and our Cub Scout sons.
RESPECT OF FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS
- We all like to look good in the eyes of our friends and neighbors. It is
important that parents are personally invited to help by someone in their
community whom they know, trust and respect. They should feel that they were
selected, not recruited.
BE A ROLE MODEL-
Parents are role models for their children. Taking an active part in their son's
Cub Scout program is a way of teaching boys how to make things happen. Every
boys deserves to see his parents doing something important for his pack or den.
COMMUNITY SERVICE -
Most Americans expect to perform some service to their communities. Scouting
offers an ideal way for busy parents to become involved in making their
communities and their neighborhoods better places in which to live.
Some helpful items to involve parents:
Parent Information Form – Colonial Virginia Council
Parent Guide – Sam Houston Council
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