Parents 411

Are you a bit frustrated because you feel you lack the information a responsible, supportive parent needs. Many parents feel this way when joining a Scout Troop. Especially if you were an active Cub Scout parent – you are not alone! We want to help by giving you the most important information a Scout parent needs to know.

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Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing are programs of the Boy Scouts of America—so in that sense, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers are all members of the same organization. However, they are entirely different programs: Cub Scouting is a family-oriented program designed specifically to address the needs of younger boys. Boy Scouting is designed to achieve the aims of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster. Venturing provides positive experiences through exciting and meaningful youth-run activities that help members pursue their special interests, grow by teaching others, and develop leadership skills.
Since Troop 93 is a boy lead troop, parental involvement is limited. However, we do need parents to volunteer in the following areas:
  • Committee member
  • Merit  Badge Counselor
  • Court of Honor
  • Board Of Review
  • Outing / event planner
  • Assistant Scout Master
Express your interest to the unit leaders—the Scoutmaster or members of the unit committee.—there is usually some way in which you can contribute, and most units are glad for any offer of help.
The buddy system is a safety routine that calls for a Scout to be paired with a buddy whenever he participates in Scouting activities such. It is a way for Scouts to look after one another, stay safe, and have more fun.
Empowering boys to be leaders is the core of Scouting. Scouts learn by doing, and what they do is lead their patrols and their troop. The boys themselves develop a troop program, set goals and then take responsibility for figuring out how they will achieve their goals. One of our most important challenges is to train boy leaders to run the troop by providing direction, coaching and support. The boys will make mistakes now and then and will rely upon the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters to guide them. Adults are there for the Boys Adults need to keep in mind that we are here for the Scouts. In Scouting parents will meet others with similar values and goals for their children. Parents will build good friendships with the others and they can provide support and parenting suggestions. Scouting is a way to become a better parent through association with and the help of like-minded adults. However, adults should keep in mind that they are there for the boys and should try to not let socializing dominate.

This is the first step to take for any volunteer new to Boy Scouting. This course must be taken before beginning youth activities. True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. It is the mission of Youth Protection volunteers and professionals to work within the Boy Scouts of America to maintain a culture of Youth Protection awareness and safety at the national, territory, area, council, district, and unit levels.

New to Scouting? Click here to login and take Youth Protection training. You do not have to be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America to take Youth Protection training.

The Scoutmaster's Minute is brief in duration but one of the most important parts of a troop meeting . Occurring at the closing of the meeting, it is the thought that will go home with the scouts . It is the time to teach one of the ideals of Scouting .