The most important thing a parent can do is be supportive and try to help their son focus on Scouting. Here are some recommendations:
You need to do your very best to help your son make it to meetings and campouts. Participation is the biggest part of being successful in Scouting. To put it simply missing a meeting or a campout means he has missed an opportunity to do something fun and learn something significant in the process.
Ask your Scout what he needs to do to get to his next rank. If he does not know have him contact either his patrol leader, the Advancement Chairman, the Scoutmaster or an Assistant Scoutmaster and ask what he needs to do. It is important that the Scout asks and not you. Have him show you the unfinished requirements in his handbook and have him tell you how he is going about meeting them. It is important that you do this in a way that is not demanding but shows you are interested in what he is doing.
When he shows you what he needs to do then ask him what you can do to help.
Once he knows what he needs to do and has a plan to get it done then all you should have to do is ask on a regular basis, every few weeks, how things are coming along and if there is anything you can do to help.
It is appropriate to help him get organized if he wants your help. You can support him by bringing him to get supplies and helping him find time in his schedule to work on Scout related activities. Don't say, "Why don't you work on your Scout stuff now?" A better approach is to say, "Let's look at the calendar and see when you can fit some time in to work on some of those Scout requirements."
Nagging a boy about working on Scout stuff or anything is generally counterproductive. The Scouts really need to find it in themselves to get things done. Taking an interest and asking the right kinds of questions about progress similar to those above works well.
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