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Dad’s Dilemma Ideas from the field: It’s not all relative.

Assistant Scoutmaster R.S.’s son, a first-year Scout, keeps leaving troop activities to ask his dad questions and hand him things to hold. He asked for tips on redirecting his son without rejecting him.

CALL ME MISTER In our troop, all adults are addressed by title and surname—Mr. Smith, Dr. Jones, etc.—including parents. Requiring your son to address you in this way will make him pause, think twice about the situation, and hopefully realize that, at that moment, you are a leader and not just “Dad.”

Assistant Scoutmaster R.R. BEACON FALLS, CONN.

THREE FOR ONE I vividly recall the first Boy Scout campout my son,


Our troop has many experienced Scouts who like to advance in rank, but the new Scouts we recruit often have trouble moving up through the ranks. How can we get our older Scouts to connect with the younger ones

and encourage them to move up? J.O.


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Henry, and I went on when he was a Webelos Scout. My son called to me to ask for help. As I was walking to my son, the Scoutmaster got between us, called to one of the senior Scouts and said, “Would you help Henry? Mr. Coy shouldn’t be doing this.” In one simple sentence the Scoutmaster had taught three people: my son (go ask your patrol leader or some other senior Scout), me (your job is to hang out with the adults), and a senior Scout (you have to help the new Scouts just as you were helped when you were new).

Committee Member C.C. AUSTIN, TEX.

EQUAL TREATMENT Get him a daypack that he can use to carry his Scouting essentials in, including his handbook. That will give

him a place to put his jacket or other items he wants you to hold for him. When he comes with a question, gently advise him, as you would any other Scout, to ask his patrol leader or troop guide. If you treat him like any other Scout when he comes to you, he will soon start to think of you as a troop adult, not just his dad.

Assistant Scoutmaster S.McD. PORTLAND, ORE.

WHOM TO ASK? Have a discussion at home with him about the patrol method, your respective posi- tions in the troop, and the proper way to get questions answered. It’s tough at first, but you’ll both get used to it. You have to be consistent, though, or it won’t work.

Assistant Scoutmaster B.H. MATTHEWS, N.C.

THE SPL ON LOOKOUT Talk to the senior patrol leader. Let him know that your son is having issues remembering that this is

Boy Scouts, and he will take care of it. His assistant senior patrol leaders, patrol leaders, and troop guides will keep a lookout.

Scoutmaster B.S. FISHERS, IND.

PUT IT ON HOLD When my son would try to bring me things to hold, I would hand them back and say, “Thank you. However, you need to put this where you can find it.”


TURN THEM AROUND Have another adult leader intervene. If I see Scouts headed for the adult area, I head them off and ask where they’re going. Usually it ends with me turning them around and sending them back to their patrol, letting them know they can talk to their parent after the meeting.

Scoutmaster T.H. ALBANY, ORE.

EXPLAIN YOUR EXPECTATIONS As a longtime Scoutmaster,


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