06/30/2010 - Friendship

posted Jun 29, 2010, 10:23 PM by Paul Diming
It's a reoccurring theme I'm hearing from almost every Webelos II parent and leader I speak with. Will my son find a friend in your troop? Will he be accepted? Are the current scouts open to new friendships or will they shun new scouts? New parents to the troop are seeking the same acceptance.

This is a serious topic. A scout who is treated badly will likely not continue in scouting. That is a massive loss for a young boy and his family. Few new parents or scouts have an understanding of the potential impact scouting can have on the lives of those who participate. Scouting changes lives.

This topic is very important to me personally. My nearest relatives are 2,300 miles away. This troop is my family and my friends are all here. I know many of you feel the same way. T860 took Grayson and me in. The fact that I cooked six Dutch oven cobblers at our first camp probably didn't hurt matters. J

Please do this for me. Speak to your son about how important it is for him to be friendly to other scouts, particularly the new scouts when they visit, and as we receive new scouts during crossover in March. I'm not asking anyone to put on a false front or be disingenuous. Just be friendly and kind to the new guys. Be open to new friendships. As Harold so easily sums it up, "to have friends you have to be friendly".

If I were to ask an adult what are the most important things in your life, friends would be at the very top of the list. Scouts treasure friendships equally. How can you help your scout make friends and be friendly? By setting an example. T860 has a wonderful culture of being a welcoming troop. It's extremely important that we actively transmit that culture to scouts and families looking for acceptance with us. Doing so embodies who we are…

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