postheadericon Parents' Commitment to Scouting

Parents often wonder what level of commitment is needed by parents for their sons to participate in Scouting.  The answer is surprisingly little.

The amount of parent time required goes down with each level that the boy advances.  For Tiger Cubs, parents are involved in every activity.  For Cub Scouts, parents are still very involved, although they don't have to participate in everything.  For Webelos Scouts, the boys are doing more on their own, and it is the Den Leader, not the parent, who signs off on most requirements.

In Boy Scouts, the boy is advancing in leadership and high adventure.  This means both that he must learn to take responsibility for both himself and others, and that he is learning to face the greater challenges of adult life through more physically difficult challenges in outdoor adventure.  To do this, he eventually has to learn to do nearly everything either by himself, or with a small group of his peers. 

If your son is a member of Troop 470, we mainly expect that you will support him by encouraging him to stay the course when the challenges get difficult -- as all worthy challenges do.  Love him, encourage him, give him advice if he wants it, but let him learn that he can conquer the tasks before him in life, no matter what they are. 

That's the main thing.  We also ask that you help him get to Troop meetings and activities, that you help him acquire the uniform and equipment he needs, and that you pay the small fees associated with membership in Boy Scouts of America and our Troop.   (If you are in financial difficulty, speak to one of the Scoutmasters about assistance with fees.)

That really is all that parents have to do, to support your son in Troop 470.   Boy Scouting is far less active for the parents than Cub Scouting.

Boys grow best, of course, with good adult role models, so if you have even a small amount of time available to assist in the adult leadership, it would be both needed and appreciated.  Adult roles range from showing up at the semi-annual yard sales to help, to driving boys to a campout and coming along as an extra adult, to being a Merit Badge Counselor in an area you know and love, to becoming one of the Registered Adult Leaders of the Troop.

Remember, Scouting is Boy-led, not Adult-led, so the adult leadership leads mostly from behind the scenes, coaching the boys how to lead one another.  We are careful about safety, but we show them how to lead, and then allow them to learn from their own mistakes. 

Nevertheless, there is always a need for active adults to take part in their sons' Scouting experiences.  If you want to help your son grow straight and strong into the man he was made to be, then come on in, join the fun, and you just might find that you are growing and having fun yourself, as well as gaining priceless life-long memories with your son.