What Role Do Parents Have?
Parents play an important and vital role in Scouting. You should encourage your son to work on advancement and to participate in Troop 64's program. If you consider Troop 64 as a glorified babysitting service, you can be certain your son will not think much better of the program and will most likely not be happy with his experience. Without exception, every Eagle Scout we've seen earn his rank has had at least one parent or adult mentor who has actively assisted in guiding, supporting, and motivating their boy to always participate in the troop.
Scouts should not be expected to earn their Eagle rank without some help along the way. It is a tough set of requirements for them to fulfill, but the Eagle rank is within every scout's reach. You are invited, and encouraged, to attend troop activities, from troop meetings to camp outs, from courts of honor to committee meetings as often as your schedule will allow. Troop 64 needs your active participation to keep the program alive.
Parents may not sign off any rank advancement or merit badge requirements. Advancement in all ranks is signed by the registered scouts or scouters appointed by the troop (typically these are adult leaders, Eagle Scouts and merit badge counselors).
Parents need to do their best to pick up scouts promptly after camp outs. Our leaders also have things they need to accomplish prior to returning to work on Mondays.
You should never remove your scout from an event without letting an adult leader aware. We do our best to know where every scout is at an any time.
We start every meeting with an opening and end each meeting with a closing. All scouts should be present for these two very important parts of the ceremony
If you have special skills, hobbies or abilities, please learn how you can become a merit badge counselor and share your knowledge with our scouts. We're all in this together, and together we have an awesome program.
There is always a need for more adult leaders. The Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters simply cannot do it all; nor can the Troop Committee. It takes many adults willing to enjoy the Scouting experience and provide a safe haven for youth to make a healthy, successful troop.