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Ideas from the field: How to get Eagle Scout dads to coach.

The Eagle Scout dads in Cubmaster S.C.’s pack prefer to work with Boy Scouts, not Cub Scouts. An Eagle Scout himself, S.C. wants to persuade these men to get with the younger-boy program.

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN I was one of those Eagle Scouts. I was waiting for my sons to enter Boy Scouting so we could do the “real” stuff. But my smarter-than-me wife reminded me that if my boys did not enjoy Cub Scouting, they probably would not become Boy Scouts. She told me Cub Scouting is the “minor leagues” for Boy Scouting, and you don’t go to the top level without quality time in the minors. Reality hit me. I became a den leader, Webelos leader, Cubmaster,


Boys get to do some awesome things in Scouting but only if they actually join the program and hang around awhile. That’s difficult for boys who are teased about being Scouts. How can we change the misperception

that Scouting’s not cool? Assistant Scoutmaster J.P. SAN JOSE, CALIF.

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FIND THE RIGHT JOB Encourage them to take advi- sory or supportive positions within the pack. Helping with camping or pinewood derbies or helping teach Boy Scout skills to Webelos Scouts would be a start.


NEWBIES NEED YOU Our pack has lots of enthu- siastic, hard-working, and talented parents, but a lot of

Scoutmaster, and father of two Eagle Scouts.

Former Scoutmaster M.K. JOHNS CREEK, GA.

SET A GOOD EXAMPLE Lead by example. When other parents see that you are comfortable with helping and are having a good time, they are more likely to join

you. Don’t focus on the fact that they are Eagle Scouts but on the fact that they are dads whose sons need them. You may find that the other dads (and moms) who don’t have a Scouting background will be the ones who help the Cub Scouts the most.

Troop Committee Member A.B. GRANVILLE, N.Y.

them are new to Scouting. It takes experienced parents, like Eagle Scouts, to make sure the program is strong. The best way to get Eagle Scouts active in the pack might be to point out that the pack needs their Scouting experience and skills and that their work in the troop will be that much easier—and more reward- ing—with new Boy Scouts who come well-prepared from the pack.

Pack Committee Chair L.H. MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.

SEEK THE SCOUT INSIDE Eagles love to help, but many are afraid to commit to a position because of profes- sional obligations. I’ve found that by giving them Boy Scout-related tasks with clear goals and defined ending dates, the Scout inside reap- pears, especially when they


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