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WHAT WOULD YOU DO?


Help Wanted Ideas from the field: Looking for leaders.


Scouter S.B. needs help—literally. Plenty of boys want to join the Cub Scout pack at his church, but few parents are willing to serve as leaders. He wants to know how to engage uninterested parents.


SELL THE SIZZLE When pitching the idea of becoming a leader, I tell parents it’s about more than just the boys’ experience; it’s about the leaders’ experience, too. I have made many new friends I wouldn’t have met if not for Scouting; my fellow Scout leaders have become some of my best friends.


Cubmaster R.B. SALEM, ORE.


NEXT QUESTION FOOD FIGHT


We have a Scout with very poor eating habits, and his parents are enabling him to continue eating in this manner. On numerous outings he has collapsed, partly because of his lack of adequate nutrition. Our leadership is in agreement that he cannot be allowed to participate in our more rigorous activities. What can we do to make this Scout’s parents


understand the seriousness of this situation? B.P. BOWIE, MD.


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COMBINE AND CONQUER Many parents are concerned about the time commit- ment and about working with energetic young boys. Encourage interested parents to pair up and share the lead- ership role. New den leaders should ease their workload by asking all parents to teach at least one badge require- ment and to host at least one den meeting a year. Asking parents to attend all den meet- ings and outings with their Scout helps new den leaders with crowd control, as well.


Troop Committee Member A.M. BATAVIA, ILL.


JUST ONE THING Ask parents individually—not in a large group—if they can do one thing. Can they trans- port Scouts to the park or make the den or pack news-


letter? Can they help man the attendance table at pack meetings? Can they provide refreshments? Can they help the Bear leader? Can they teach crafts? If they help with one small thing, eventually they see that it’s not really that hard. And always say thank you. Recognize your leaders or helpers monthly—especially those who do once-a-year things. If parents see others are appreciated, they will want in, too.


Chartered Org. Representative P.A. FERNANDINA BEACH, FLA.


OVERCOME OBJECTIONS Address the concerns that may be holding back a parent from volunteering. Discuss the available training, espe- cially online training, and have handouts available with local training schedules. Show a copy of the Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide; underscore that the guide has den and pack meet-


ings planned out so that preparation and planning are minimal. Show a copy of the Cub Scout Leader Book and demonstrate its usefulness as a handy reference for answering Cub Scouting questions. In short, tell them, “We’ll teach you how.”


Unit Commissioner S.E. HURST, TEX.


THREE IDEAS First, at a mandatory parent meeting, have a flip chart on which an eagerly awaiting youth can write down sugges- tions for programming that parents would like to see. Ask them if they have anything that they can do to help. Second, find out what


specialties the parents have. Those are areas that you can tap into. Third, have everyone raise their hand to questions like “Who likes to do crafts?” Then point to them and say, “You’re it!” ¿


Unit Commissioner M.P. FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C.


DARREN THOMPSON


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