While it is true that the Scouts do as much of the running of Troop 357
as possible, our success comes equally from the support and commitment
of ALL of our parents. For this reason, we require that each Scout's
parents (guardians) make a commitment to help with some aspect of the Scouting
program. Parents are asked to sign up at the registration night during the first
meeting of the school year in September.
Here are some possible ways that you can become involved:
As parents, you are encouraged to attend the monthly troop committee meetings
to keep up with what the troop is doing and to provide your valuable input.
Several times a year, we hold Courts of Honor during which we present awards for
all the advancement the boys have earned. These are family events, and are
appropriate for all family members.
The most important role that a parent can have in Scouting, however, is to be
there for your Scout, to encourage him to set goals for himself, and to guide
him along the Scouting trail. Understanding how the advancement system, patrol
method, and leadership structure work are therefore very important requisites
that can best be learned by taking the time to get involved. The Scouts who get
the most out of the program, and seem to quickly gain many valuable life skills
are those who are encouraged at home by understanding parents. It doesn't take
much but the desire to learn in order to get started, and there are always
plenty of experienced Scouters available to answer questions and guide new
parents into the service of their troop. And whenever questions arise...please
ask them. There is truly no such thing as a "dumb question", except
perhaps "the one that doesn't get asked."
There have been times in the past when we've been unable to support the
events that have been planned by the boys because we could not get enough
support from their parents. Sometimes we've had to limit the number of boys on a
campout, and other times we've cancelled campouts altogether. Please help us to
prevent this from happening again! Please Get Involved!