RE: Getting Along Online (Joint Troop/Explorer Posts)
Amick Robert (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tue Dec 09 22:53:37 1997
I would certainly echo Cliff's comments. We have had a joint post and
troop for 18 years, and they complement each other very well. The key is
to allow the youth to plan quality activities and events that don't
overburden their schedules, and that appeal greatly to them. We try to do
one post meeting per month and one outdoor/activity per month. We try to
do one or more "superactivities" during the summer and/or Spring Break
To broaden the area of interest, we have concurrently chartered a Sea
Explorer Ship with the post, and Explorers/Sea Explorers will begin
earning the Quartermaster Award. One of our Advisors recently completed
Sea Badge Training in Houston and has set up contacts with Sea Explorer
Ships in the Houston area for future exchange programs.
We are also testing the prototype requirements for the new Explorer Ranger
Award which will be released in 1998.
This year the Post/Ship will be SCUBA diving in Cozumel, Mexico,
which is a repeat of our 1994 trip. We also plan to attend National
Explorer Leadership Conference in Maryland, and the regular menu
of rock climbing, whitewater canoeing on the Green River, and
backpacking and hiking.
Our web page is:
The National Explorer Leadership Conference is listed at:
Boulder is a bit more than a day's drive from Phoenix, but if you are
interested in some Colorado skiing, we could certainly put you up at our
Scout Center. Most ski areas are only an hour to two hours drive from
Boulder (Copper, Breckenridge, Arapahoe, Keystone, Winter Park, Eldora;
Vail and Aspen are a little further, but still an easy drive.)
Bob Amick, Explorer Advisor, High Adventure Explorer Post 72/Sea
Explorer Ship 72 Boulder, CO; Longs Peak Council Exploring Training Chair
On Tue, 9 Dec 1997, golden cliff wrote:
> I am Scoutmaster of a Troop of 57 boys while also an Advisor of an
> Explorer Post of about 20.
> I think you are working toward a noble goal. I am sorry I don't have any
> magical answers for success. I think it is something that builds slowly
> but steadily.
> It is quite a balancing act to be serving in both positions. Most if not
> all of the youth are also balancing several different commitments between
> school, sports, etc., plus dual membership in both the troop and post.
> I would try setting some very modest goals. Once you have acheived those,
> try to continue building on thoses successes. A new program has initial
> enthusiasm, but sometimes has to rebuild momentum after the "honeymoon"
> period is over.
> I think the troop/post sister unit model can be a successful one. Don't
> give up hope.
> YIS, Cliff Golden
> Scoutmaster Troop 33; Advisor Post 333; DeKalb, Illinois
> On Tue, 9 Dec 1997, Whiting, Mark D(Z01684) wrote:
> > I'm responding to Mark's message below. I don't know how many people
> > are in the same boat as I am. I'm a Scoutmaster of a Boy Scout troop
> > with almost 70 boys registered and 30-50 showing up for troop meetings
> > and activities. My efforts at trying to develop an associated post are
> > not proceeding as well as I had hoped. We chartered the post last
> > summer. Our post membership is 10 - 12 and our activities have been
> > limited to post meetings. It's been difficult to find the time I feel
> > is needed to support the youth in developing the program. But, I know
> > this is the right thing for our youth. I'm committed to the idea and
> > will find a way. We have good ideas and resources and I am addressing
> > the list only for commiseration and comment:-)
> > PS, If there are any Posts which have facilities we could use for free
> > near skiing and within a days drive from Phoenix that our group could
> > bunk in please let us know. I have available a building that I could
> > allow scout groups to overnight in about 15 miles west of downtown
> > Phoenix.
> > Yours in Scouting,
> > Mark Whiting SM T90, Advisor High Adv. P90, Firebird District, Grand
> > Canyon Council
> > Wipala Wiki Lodge #432, SM T638 1997 National Jamboree
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