Re: New Troop Standards
Sleezer, Jim (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Tue, 17 Nov 1992 10:43:12 CST
On Tue, 17 Nov 1992 08:21:52 CST Bob said:
>After having been in Pack 29 for about three months I was made Cub Master
>(they were desparate). With our Pack that also meant the de facto
>Committee Chairman. I found out that about ten years earlier their was
>a Troop 29, and some interest on parents part to have their sons join
>a local troop, instead of ones across town. So last week, after having
>the DE discuss it with us, I got the Pack Committee to make a motion to
>have the DE ask the Chartering Unit to charter a Troop. I think there's
>a 90% chance they'll go ahead with this.
>For the first couple years Troop 29 will probably be run under the current
>Pack Committee. My stated goal when I became CM was to get as many
>cubs on to be eagles as I could, so this move facilitates that goal.
>We want to set up the new troop to work closely with us and to be
>well integrated with the pack, so we want to run it during this
>initial set up. It will also allow for support of supplies (tents
>especially as we have a lot of equipment from the old troop), and
>parent support till the troop gets big enough to be self supporting.
>In any case I'd like to set some standards, particular to our troop.
>In part I'm taking my experiences of what I'd have liked when I was
>in a troop, and on parents comments in our pack on why they might pull
>their sons back into the new Troop 29. So some standards I've thought
>* Having a high adventure outing at least every other year. I didn't
> include caps here as I mean that maybe the scouts will get in cars
> and drive to the San Juan mountains in Colorado for an outing, or
> maybe we'll go to a High Adventure experience such as Philmont.
Great idea, maybe do something every year. Best experience I had with
this was to have new scouts attend the council camp with emphasis on
advancement and have a high advanture option for the older scouts. We
set a minimum age of 13 for the high adventure outings--also had to have
attained at least first class rank. This was a great incentive to the
younger scouts and provided added experiences for the older scouts and
kept them active much longer. Every fourth year the high adventure was
>* A policy and emphasis on a warm and welcome acceptance of new scouts.
> Some complaints from parents have included that in some troops the
> scouts feel alienated (the other boys all know each other and our
> new scout's buddy went with another troop). This would obviously
> be an attempt to eliminate hazing.
This is my soap box issue. I believe we lose more boys in the transition
from Webelos to Scout because of poor reception into the troop than from
any other issue. Unfortunately, many adults don't know how to welcome
visitors and most boys have even fewer skills. We probably need to include
training in human relations along with Scouting skills. I don't claim to
be an expert and don't consider myself particularly skilled, but to not
even greet visitors seems like a real failure on the unit's part. This
welcome needs to extend beyond the first few minutes or even meetings. I
suggest that a host be assigned to each visitor and that Scouts be taught
to be good hosts.
The next issue is keeping the warm feelings. A new scout patrol can help
since it gives boys a group of other newer scouts but it can also be a
hindrance because it separates new scouts from the older ones. It takes
a good mixture of troop and patrol activities to meet the needs. I favor
the patrol method as the base mode of operation, but I also believe a lot
in the buddy system with an older scout helping a younger one. A little
pairing of older and younger scouts can really help with the welcome feeling.
>* Support of Pack 29 activities by inviting Cubs to participate with the
> troop at some level in camporees, Den Chiefs, &tc..
Participation should be in selective activities, not just piggy backed on
all troop activities. These kinds of activities usually help recruitment.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City