Disclaimer: I admit this may just be my area as I have not personally researched where or not it is this way all over but from the brochures it seems that it is.
Why has the boy and girl scouts suddenly turned into this excuse for family togetherness and seemingly have lost all of the things that made them great when I was a child?
My husband took my son to the join night for the local boy scouts(all I am saying applies to the girl scout program as well) and of course when he came back we discussed if he felt my son was going to enjoy the troop and what they would be doing. He comes in with these sheet on how they are not a baby sitter and parents must accompany their children to all events and the parents are expected to do "dangerous" badge work for the child.They only go during school, and it has become more of a value extension to school rather than what my husband and I cherish from our childhoods in both these organizations.
I have nothing against family togetherness but to me the point of being a scout is to learn how to act on your own in a group setting separate from parents along side peers. I had to earn all my badges on my own short of the raft badge or others which require teamwork. Short of the endless supply of frivolous lawsuits (I have not seen any against these organizations) why are they turning this into some lack luster mundane way to force family?
Yes, my opinion is a bit strong but good grief it seems we are trying to turn the generation of tomorrow into complete dependants.