What should Scout parents do if a child want’s to quit Scouts?…
This is the first of three podcasts about Scout parents.
Just about every child will reach some impasse along the way that will make them reluctant or downright adamant about participating. What Scout parents do next is important. It’s more than likely that this is going to happen to you; don’t be surprised. Your child is probably not much different than the millions of other Scouts all over the world.
Nearly every Eagle Scout I have known wanted to quit at one time or another and their parents pushed them to stay in Scouts. At their court of honor each new Eagle Scout is given the opportunity to make a few remarks. Almost without exception they thank their parents for the push that helped them decide to stay in Scouting.
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What should Scout parents do if a child want’s to quit Scouts?[4:06]
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Peter le Roux says
what are your thoughts on an exit interview/debrief with the Scouter- it might help the troop pick up patterns around why kids are leaving. I’ve also had kids leave for a year or two and still come back motivated- I even had one who took a break and went on to earn Springbok
Clarke Green says
I really appreciate it when parents talk to me about what;s going on, Scouts aren’t always able to articulate what is driving them though.
I’ve never really detected a pattern, and it has been rare that more than one Scout left at a time or within a short time of others.
The few times that has happened it is almost always following a friend.