My mind wanders a lot and I've been recently thinking about why it is so difficult for us to get adults to fill positions in scouts. And when Cheryl recently said a parent asked her why she isn't leading the Wolf den (when Cheryl doesn't even have a 2nd grader) I started thinking again.
Do you think it has anything to do with the fact that many of the programs we have kids in after school are led by people we pay- dance, music, gymnastics, even some sports. Or by teachers after school (either paid or volunteer). And that parents are of the mindset that these activities exist because someone is already appointed to be doing them with the child when they go to sign up the child.
And do you think that the lack of adult help comes from the fact that there are so many things out there as options that parents are overwhelmed and spread thin- either by trying to get multiple kids to things at the same time or by even a single kid being able to participate in a lot of different activities- so parents don't feel the need to step up because if something isn't working they won't miss it and there's something else to fill the gap (including just plain time at home).