Twenty Tips for
(From the AIS Survey)
In their own
words, today's Scouters speak to adults who are new to Scouting:
(The Leader being quoted is identified by Name or Initials (if
available) and # years as a Scouter. Eagle Scouts are so designated. For example: M.
Smith - 10yrs, Eagle Scout)
1. Get involved. Make Scouting a family
"Doc" Buerger - 35 yr.
2. Volunteer to be on the Troop
Committee and show your son that the entire family is involved in the Scouting program.
The worst thing a parent can do is treat Scouting as a free babysitting service. -5 yr.
3. Get involved. You won't regret it. If you don't have time
for your child, someone else with more time will. Think about it! 10 yr. Leader
4. Be patient and get involved. You don't have to be an Assistant Scoutmaster
or Scoutmaster, but help on the committee, or just be a driver to get the Scouts to an
event. -Paul Parrish - 7 yr., Eagle Scout
5. Be a part of your son's Scouting
well worth it! -Jason
O'Neill - 6 yr., Eagle Scout
6. Get involved. Scouting is a family
thing. The boys that I see that have an involved family do well in Scouts. Even something
as small as driving to an activity is a great help to the Scout Leaders. If everyone helps a
little, no one has to do a lot. -C.C. - 7 yr. Leader
7. Get involved! It would help the Unit and give you [the parent(s)] the ability to
understand the program and goals of the Scouting movement. -G. Warde - 22yrs, Eagle
8. Get involved. Your kids are only this
age once. Then, all you
will have is memories. Make as many memories as you can with your son. If you don't
influence your son, someone will! -Steven Lenig - 20 yr., Eagle
9. Get involved as much as possible.
Join in the pack as a Leader. The few that are there can only do so much. You CAN make a
difference in your son's Scouting experience. No matter what you can contribute. 9 yr. Leader
10. Spend some time looking over your
son's Wolf, Bear, or Webelos books. Most, if not all of your questions, can be answered
there. Offer assistance to the Den Leader. Get to know the Den Leader - and tell them thanks every once in a while. The feeling that a Den
Leader gets when one of the parents says "Wow this Scouting thing sure is neat. I
wish my son had been in it longer," is almost beyond belief. -G.H. - 2+yrs, Eagle
11. As with anything, you only get out
of it what you put into it. Your children only grow up once. Use Scouting as both a tool to help them grow and as a way to be involved