Re: Troop Size
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Mon, 12 Nov 1990 11:55:27 EST
I myself was in a SUPER TROOP as a scout, and I got my Eagle at age
14, with a CLASS of three from the troop. The Patrol method was
well utilized, as was the TROOP BUS, etc. The problems came in when
the active membership got over 100!!! None of the coucil campsites
or cabins could handle it. We went places like Allegheny state park,
and ran our own canoe trips down the Delaware river etc. But what
A PROGRAM!!!! That is why the troop got so big. Every time they
slit the troop, the NEW troop would die in a year or even less, with
out the PROGRAM and leadership that out SUPER troop had. What is
interresting is that there was some continuity off leadship, but
not in all positions, all the time. The SM changed, ASM's came and
went (some stayed longer), and the committe changed over the years.
But the great program continued, as is today one of the largest troops
in the Council and maybe NE region. I am no longer with a Super troop.
My SON's are in a basic three patrol troop, and have been to NJ's, WJ's
Gettisburg, Canadian exchange programs and camps, Nation Scout Museum,
and older boys have been to Philmont. But we stay arround 26 to 30!
We never turn anyone away, but never seem to grow. I think it's a great
program. . . SO I think the are both great. Large and small, whatever
keeps the scouts active!!!!
DOn IZARD, GNFC etc.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City