Good question! And the answer is you can help in MANY ways. The troop is here to help every child become a strong young adult, a leader, and a successful member of our society. You can- no, you MUST-plan to help us do this. You are your scout’s best cheerleader. Unlike many of today’s youth organizations, we do not give awards and rank advancement for just showing up. Our program reinforces work and achievement. These young men and women will feel good about themselves by doing good work. Here’s a list of things YOU can do to help:
•The Outdoor Program is the key to Scouting. Encourage your scout to attend all campouts and outdoor activities. This is where the learning and growing really takes place,
•Go on campouts! The adults often have as much (or more) fun as the scouts.
-Offer to drive to events. Make yourself available to help. Attend parent meetings when called. Help with fundraisers
•SEND YOUR SCOUT TO SUMMER CAMP!
-It is the high point of the Scouting year and most scouts remember the experience for the rest of their lives. I This is where the real work of scouting happens.
•Look over their handbook and study rank requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First-Class badges.
-Encourage your scout to advance, but don’t push. Allow your scout to progress at their own pace. Take interest in your child’s efforts, encourage participation, look at the calendar, read the newsletter, know when the meetings are, and make the effort to get there on time and in uniform.
•Help your scout get the equipment they need for Scouting.
-See the complete equipment list your scout has been given. Follow it closely and purchase the best you can afford. (sleeping bag, rain gear, flashlight, etc.). Good quality gear makes for a much better camping experience.
•Get to know their Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmasters, and Committee Members. Better yet volunteer to be an adult leader.
-No experience needed! New leaders bring new ideas and energy. We have little jobs and big jobs, and all are important to the success of our troop.
•Support the Patrol system by allowing your scout to work within this structure.
-This means avoiding the urge to call the Scoutmaster to ask a question for your scout but having your scout call their Patrol Leader. Make sure they attend all patrol meetings.
•Show interest in service projects.
-This encourages your scout to do more and teaches community service on a level they can understand. Look for ways we can help the community.
•Bring the whole family to Family Nights and Courts of Honor.
-It will demonstrate to your scout that you feel Scouting is important and will make them feel proud to earn an award.
•Attend Committee Meetings.
-Offer your ideas. Share your skills and talents, your contacts and resources. Speak up! Let us know and then be prepared to help make it a reality! Ask questions! Knowledge is better than doubt. Need help? - Ask! You will rarely find folks more willing to lend a hand. You may make some new friends!
Consider Scouting an educational experience. Do NOT take away Scouting as a punishment.
Remember that we are all volunteers, we all make mistakes, but we try to do our best. Understand we are striving for a “Youth-led” troop, and sometimes things are not as organized, quiet, or as smoothly run as we adults would like. The scouts learn more by doing as much as possible rather than by adults doing it for them. We expect these young folks to make some mistakes, and we hope they learn by these mistakes and do better next time.