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assistant Scoutmaster, and public school teacher, I let my children know that they, too, have expectations to follow and are to do what the other children are expected to do. If they need any special help, I can offer this to them at home (or on the ride home).

Scoutmaster G.K.S. LAS CRUCES, N.M.

NOBODY BY THAT NAME I just look at him and say “Your dad isn’t on this trip. Go ask your patrol leader.”

Assistant Scoutmaster K.C. MULLICA HILL, N.J.

PLAY NO FAVORITES My son did this when we first started in Boy Scouts. I told him that if he needed any- thing, he must go through his patrol leader first. The adult

leaders had an agreement that we would not be a direct line of interaction with our own sons, and we informed our Scouts, patrol leaders, and senior patrol leader our intent behind it: to avoid favoritism. This has been the norm, and it has worked very well for us.


HONE YOUR EDGE I had the same issues with my son. Teach him with love, and hold him accountable like you already do with the rest of the boys. As you con- sistently and faithfully adhere to the EDGE method, he will understand in time. You both are finding your way through challenges among your peers. Scouting builds boys into

men, and these lessons are how that is accomplished.


SAY THE MAGIC WORDS The stock answer for all us Scoutmasters is, “Ask your patrol leader.” After a few times, he will get the message, as do all the Scouts. Good luck! You and your son are setting out on a wonderful adventure.

Scoutmaster R.S. HAGERSTOWN, MD.

TIES THAT BIND When you are both in atten- dance at a Scouting activity, event, or meeting, they need to understand you are the assistant Scoutmaster, but you’re still Dad or Mom. You’re still concerned about

their safety and well-being, but you are there as one of their leaders. Of course, our parental ties to a Scout cannot help but give them a leg up and ensure they stay active in Scouting longer and attend more camporees, summer camps, and events—just because you’re their leader.

Scoutmaster G.B. PARK HILLS, MO.

MANNERS MATTER The longstanding tradition in our troop is that there are no “Dads” or “Moms” in the unit. All Scouts, including our own sons, address all adults as “Mr. Smith” or “Mrs. Jones.” It helps from both sides to level the field. ¿

Scoutmaster C.B. FORT WORTH, TEX.


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