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The Parent�s Role in Scouting As a parent, you�re a primary role model for your child. Scouting provides a time-tested structure that helps bond parent/child development through group and individual activities, recognition and advancement. Your child needs your encouragement, guidance and participation along his or her Scouting path

Adult role models in Scouting provide an ideal learning experience for all youth. Every adult volunteer has something valuable to offer. On a typical weekend campout, a Scout might work with an adult volunteer who teaches the fishing merit badge, with a Scout mom teaching orienteering, go on a 5-mile hike with another adult leader, and end the day learning how to clean and cook fresh fish from his dad.

As your child progresses through the ranks of Scouting, your involvement and interaction with him or her will change. Cub Scouting requires much closer supervision and guidance on an individual project and activity level as you �search, discover and share�. As young boys learn to interact with others, the parent is constant�someone safe to return to�as they learn and grow in their world.

In Boy Scouting as boys become young men, they learn more through experiences and group activities, developing subject knowledge and leadership skills. In this type of learning, your child may be less dependent on your direct involvement, but still require your support and approval. These experiences and group activities give the parent an ideal opportunity to observe and coach, providing reassurance and advice. These are the moments that make a Scout Parent especially proud.

In Venturing, young men and women lead the activities of the crew, with guidance by adult advisors and mentors.

Scouting: Your Partner in Parenting  When you join the Boy Scouts of America, Scouting is like an extension of your family: it follows your values, it sees to the overall care and well-being of your child, and it�s always there for you.

Scouting is also flexible and accommodates the need to balance the work and life requirements of a busy family. It�s easy to plan for meetings and activities, and if something unexpected comes up, just let your leader know�it�s expected in the life we live today.

What�s also great about Scouting is that you and your child can work on achievements at your own pace. For example, if your child is in a spring soccer league and has to miss several meetings and activities, he or she still can complete and sign off on Scout activities to work toward the next level.

Plus, the skills and values your child learns through Scouting can be applied in any non-Scouting activity he or she participates in. You work together to bring the positive influence that Scouting reinforces into everything he or she does. As your child builds character, this can be an especially valuable defense to the peer pressure all youth experience when growing up.

It�s important to remember that Scouting is not an either/or choice you have to make for your child. It works with you to let you manage your time and other activities, and, like a family, will always be there when you return.

 

Commitment as a ScoutParent

All parents should be involved with their Scout in the unit�s program. Parental support is welcomed and encouraged.

There are a number of ways to be involved:

  1. Performing as occasional task to assist the unit�s program.
  2. Participating directly with your Scout.
  3. Going to and observing Scout Meetings.
  4. Assisting with outings.
  5. Supporting the program financially.
  6. Coaching you Scout�s advancement and the earning of recognitions.
  7. Influencing your Scout�s continued participation.

Your Involvement as a ScoutParent

Those parents who are willing and able to commit to their Scout�s unit are invited to become ScoutParents. Each unit is encouraged to or should have a ScoutParents unit coordinator who will match willing parents with various tasks which need to be performed to help the unit function.

There is a wide range of tasks and they vary greatly as to time and skills required. Examples of potential tasks are available on the Web site, as well as leader manuals. For registration purposes the position code for anyone who checks the block as a ScoutParent will be PS. The minimum age is 21 for any parent/adult who commits to participate.

ScoutParents Commitment on the Youth Application

Each parent may make a commitment to be a part of the initiative by marking the box on the youth application under the parent portion that reads:

                                      �I commit to be an active ScoutParent.�

There is a place for parents to enter an e-mail address on the youth application under the parent portion. This will assist council, district, and unit leadership in making contact with parents to keep them informed and involved. There will be no fee required for parents to become active as a ScoutParent.

All leaders and parents are encouraged to visit http://www.scoutparents.org/ to keep up with what is going on in Scouting. There will be a welcome orientation for parents, explaining more about the program their child has joined and how they can help make it the best possible experience. A message will be on the cover of the youth application to provide direction to parents as they agree to participate.

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