All this activity that has been going on
Mon, 12 Nov 1990 14:27:00 MST
Finally, some noise on the network!
RE: large classes of Eagles. The troop I grew up with had six at one time.
The new eagles ranged in age from 12 to 17.
When I was in cub scouts, we all seem to tranfer over to Boy Scouts the day
we hit our 11th birthday. From the Den I was connected with (I had two
years of cubbing and joined Den II which became a Webelo Den when we were
all about 10.5 years of age) six of the eight scouts became Eagles. We
became eagles at ages 12 to 18 (one did the work before his 18th birthday,
but did not receive until after his 18th birthday). When we entered the
troop, we picked a patrol to join (we came in one or two at a time so we
were sort of assimilated). Ever year in September, the scoutmaster gave us
all a questioniare which we filled out. It had questions about what scouts
we wanted to be in a patrol with, what activities we wanted to etc. Within
reason the troop was re-organized and the committee used our desired
activity ideas to plan the calender. For a troop of 60-80 scouts, this
worked quite well.
Now the rules have changed, they use grade instead of age for moving from
cub scouts to boy scouts. (They still use age, but grade in school idea
seems to be used more.) The new method seems to work well with this
approach, since you always seem to get a group of webelos moving into the
troop at once.
I use the survey idea in our troop only to get activity ideas out of the
scouts. Our troop is almost big enough for two patrols, so reorganizing
the troop is not a big question for us.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City