Posted On: 2009-01-02
Getting parents involved is an essential part but not an easy part of your job as Webelos leader. However, some parents like to camp, some are good at woodworking, some are familiar with nature, or maybe they are engineers or geologists. All of these are important activities within the Webelos program. Ask a parent for some help other than transportation or snacks.
Communication may be the key to getting the boys' parents involved and keeping them there. Great them as they drop off their boys or pick them up. Phone them once a month to inform them of upcoming field trips or events. Talk with them at pack meetings. Send out a monthly calendar. Taking the time to communicate means you care about their boys. And that is very important to all parents.
Schedule and conduct a Webelos Den organizational meeting with parents.
Explain the Webelos program to the parents - include Webelos to Scout transition.
- Decide on a meeting day.
- Decide on meeting starting time and length.
- Decide on meeting location(s).
- Decide on dues structure, if any.
Plan program for the year
- Den meeting structure
- Field trips
- Pack meeting participation
- Other den activities
Prepare parent talent survey
Secure parent participation in activity badge program presentations.
Be flexible - always have a plan "B" and a plan "C" ready.
Remember to use your resources and KIS-MIF.