But in the end, your council did have a townhall, correct? What region are you in?
Southern Region, but I got the info from Western region council
Why? It seems the parents are in as much need of learning and development as the kids... family camping is the perfect opportunity to build character for all.
Because A) parents tend to destroy patrol dynamics in my experience and B) Parents bring siblings which also destroy the patrol method and possibly do things they are not suppose to do.
Some of my experiences at the Boy Scout level when family camping is include:
1. Siblings causing several thousands of dollars in damage to a facility we are at.
2. Siblings complaining that they cannot do the activities the Boy Scouts are doing. As a result the parents start forbidding their scouts from doing the activity, resulting in NO ONE (emphasis) being able to do the activity. This ruined a trip the PLC planned about a year in advance, and was a 7+ hour drive one way. That entire trip was a waste of time, and the troop didn't do any more family camps until almost all involved were gone and no Scouts remembered the weekend.
3. Parents and siblings running amok. Seriously I've seen parents interfere with patrol and the siblings running around, getting in the way, and parents not doing a thing to stop it.
4. Parents completely disregarding the PLs, SPL, and Scouters trying to correct them.
and this on numerous Cub Family camp outs as well as a few Boy Scout family camps
5. Parents doign whatever they want with the siblings, disregarding BSA rules and regs. I've seen alcohol, fireworks, firearms (OK, few firearms were OK since they were LEOs), disregard for Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat, and shooting sports.