RE: New Patrol method for new troops?
(no name) ((no email))
Fri, 30 Nov 1990 18:19:00 EDT
Go 'head...give it a whirl!!!
The magic of Scouting is that, while we have some guidelines and rules in
which ALL units must follow to make the program uniform and consistant
across the board, there is LOTS of lattitude in which you can tailor the
program to your own particular situation.
I guess that I was a little ahead of the game as far as this "webelos
transistion" stuff went...my Troop was paired with a Cub Pack with a different
number (who cares..the numbers are administrative anyways...)..one Webelos
Den went to our encampments, courts of honors, parties, etc and our Den Chief
was with that den; the other Webelos Den went with our "competition troop".
At their Pack meetings, both me and the other SM (which we are great friends
and our families did things together alot!) were there...The Webelos were
called the Lions and the Tigers (why?? the guys wanted those names!) and we
troops provided them with a patrol flag and our Den Cheif also assisted the
Denner of the den (I guess that's where that Patrol Coach/helper job came from)
with the leadership while they are our things.....It worked fine until we got
a new DE who insisted that we "stop making them Boy Scouts before their time".
We had a great thing going and had to disband it ( in the process, we lost
quite a few boys to other things because they did not feel part of Scouting
anymore after that and got burned out of the Webelos things...). I am sure that
my successor took the new Troop Leadership/Organizational plan and shook it
in the face of that DE and told him something to the effect that "we were on
the edge of doing what National wanted us to do anyways..see what you've done?"
Settummanque@HEY!! A lot of DEs are just that...Not Scouters!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City