Parents can participate in helping to protect their children. BSA recognizes the need for open lines of communication so that children are encouraged to bring any troubles to their parents for advice and counsel. In addition, parents need to be involved in their sons' Scouting activities. All parents receive important information concerning the Scouting program as part of their sons' membership applications. This information is provided so that parents can detect any deviations from the BSA's approved program. If any deviations are noted, parents should call these to the attention of the chartered organization or the unit committee. If the problems persist, parents should contact the local council for assistance.
Parents also need to review the booklet, "How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse and Drug Abuse: A Parent's Guide," inserted in every Boy Scout and Cub Scout handbook. The information in this booklet should be the subject of discussions between Scouts and their parents prior to joining a Pack or Troop.
Some other ways parents may help...
Help your child be prepared. Help them with their uniform and equipment needs, as well as taking advantage of the opportunity to spend time and teach your son the skills they need to get along and be successful. Responsibility, self reliance and leadership are invaluable life skills.
Attend the meetings and see what the boys are up to and how things are being done. Boy Scouts is a boy run organization and you may be impressed.
Join the Troop as a Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster or Committee Member. Adult support to enable the program is necessary. There is a surprising amount of work that goes on behind the scenes; planning and preparation are key elements to success.
Sign up to be a merit badge councilor. Remove barriers to advancement.
Provide transportation to and from meetings, camp outs, and other events.
Attend the scouting events. Enjoy the program and be there when you are needed.
Take advantage of the training offered by the BSA, such as Youth Protection Training (YPT). Help ensure that the activities are safe.
Troop 174 meets every Friday, during the school year, 7:30 - 9:00pm, American Legion on Ball Park Rd. Dingmans Ferry, PA.