Re: webleos to scouts transition
Monica Pilman (TACVMCP@VM.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Wed, 16 Oct 1991 10:35:21 CDT
Yes, we considered starting a troop of our own when our former fifth grade
Webelos had their rather nasty experience with the troop they joined.
But all of us were already scout leaders wearing multiple hats, and
we'd have to give up something else that needed doing in order to do it.
I may do it yet...but I have to decide what to give up.
In the meantime, my son has found a new troop, and he loves it there.
It is a much smaller troop, and they follow scout law, and treat
every boy (not just new boys) like gold. My son is now making
rapid and enthusiastic progress on his advancement (he was dead in
the water with the other troop) and getting plenty of encouragement
from the leaders in his troop, especially the older boys.
I only wish I could convince the other boys who left our former troop
that all troops are not alike, and that they should give scouting another
chance with a different troop. But alas, they have decided that if
even one troop exists in Scouting that treats boys in the way they
were treated, that there is something sick about the whole organization.
And on my bad days, I wonder if maybe they are right about that.
--- Monica Pilman
Unit Commissioner, RoundTable staff, Chartered Org. Rep.
Chitimacha District, New Orleans Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City