The Experience of University of Scouting

November 3, 2012 Ed Koeneman, Michael Callahan and I all packed up in the car and made the scenic drive to the Heard where the University of Scouting was. My schedule through the day was The Eagle Process, Webelos to Scout Transition, Adult Awards, Getting Parents Involved, and Dealing with a Difficult Scout. 

In the first class, The Eagle Process we where introduced to the Eagle Scout Application process and how the electronic process works. The abundance of information the facilitators shared with us was overwhelming. But as I walked away I had a better understanding of the steps the young men of the troop will be taking though their final steps of scouting. The steps, as leaders, have been taking to prepare the boys for since they where tigers. The power point page that resonated in my mind the most was: 

            Fight the curse

Read the instructions first

Then read the entire workbook to avoid the worst

In the class, Webelos to Scout Transition (my little interpretation -aka- How to Get Parents to Understand hands in the Pockets and Duck Tape Over the Mouth) was a small class of 4 leaders. The discussion reminded us of the purpose of scouting to build Character, Citizenship and Physical Well-being. Being a small class the discourse was upfront and personal, reminded me that all troops in BSA have the same goal to guide the young boys into the world of being a young man and how as parents our role too have to make the transition. 

The paradox of having parents step away from the boys as a scout and yet still be involved with the Scouts was discussed the class Getting Parents Involved. The Kinks song “Should I stay or go now. If I stay there will be trouble if I go it will be doubled…please please let me knowwwww, should I stay or go now…” rings in my head. I feel a tug at my heart in this class. There are the few parents that seem to be endlessly involved with the Scouts and the parents that drop off the boy and run. So it may seem. A formula to be calculated, the solution, give every parent a small job. Be up front. Ask. Explain how they are helping and always say thank you. 

I wanted to share my experience, as the training coordinator of Troop 451, as a parent and a role model to the troop.  At the University of Scouting. I learned that training is beneficial. I was introduced to many people who have the same goal as me, to develop the most awesome experience for our boys and even have some fun as a parent.