Re: New Troop Standards
Thu, 19 Nov 1992 07:44:50 CST
On Wed, 18 Nov 1992 14:13:00 EST Gina Gestautas said:
>...comments about previous replies deleted... y
>only suggestion is that it is IMPERATIVE that you do not run (or confuse)
>both (Cub and Boy) scouting programs. Make it your priority to develop a
>TROOP Committee that may or may not share members with the Pack Committee.
>It may not happen right away.. but make it a SOLID GOAL to work toward..
Thanks Gina for your comments.
I can assure you it is our goal to be out of the business of running
a troop in at least two years. Again the reason we're starting this
way is two fold. First we didn't believe we'd have enough "critical
mass", that is bodies (with only 5-8 boys inititally) to have an
effective TC, and we do have a fairly effective PC. Second, I
want the unit 29 culture (or marriage) to be started on a good
foundation of cooperation and integration of programs (where possible
within the guidelines of the BSA policies, &tc, &tc...)
Now in fact this gets curiousier and curiousier (Alice In Wonderland??).
We've begun, with out our looking for it, to have more and more boys
interested in joining. Yesterday I had a conversation with a
friend, mother, and my church's secretary about announcing a God & Me
program in January. Then out of the blue she wonders if the unit I'm
with has a troop. Turns out her son, much to her dismay, guit a troop
a few weeks ago. He felt alienated, as did the parents. The stray
that broke the camel's back was he went to a meeting and packed a
backpack (as practice, they weren't going anywhere). Then nothing
happened--no one examined it, no other activity was available....
Well he calls home to his dad, who had literally just walked in
the door at home to come get him. As another case, the son of
our pack treasurer heard we were starting a troop and he's
suddenly wanting to immediately join it and stop going to the
troop he's currently in.
In short I've concluded there's a pool of disaffected boys and
parents, who want to be in a well run program. My current
thought then is to start the program ASAP, perhaps January, to
recapture as many of these refuges as possible, and to keep our
own Webelos interested. Preceeding this I'm currently inclined
to have an organizational meeting with boys & parents about what went
wrong, and ways to make things go right. This should lead to
the creation of standards or I guess the by-laws of Troop 29. This
also inclines me to form the Troop Committee much sooner, as
perhaps with a little advertising the critical mass could be
easily made; parents who felt left out of the process could
now be included and feel empowered to make things right in
the new T29. However I still want P29 to have strong input
on creating the foundations. Anyway I'm having lunch with
the DE Wednesday to discuss these possibilities (he's already
aware and supportive of my thoughts on this).
Let me know what you think.
I'd also like to know the word or phrase for all the units
of a chartering org.. That is we'll have a pack, and a troop,
so together they are called ???? With a man & woman it's called
>Though both groups have the common goal of scouting in mind, they run
>altogether in a different fashion in many ways, and it can be a folly to
>...thoughts on training deleted...
>As to your AIM of high adventure type activities.. instead of calling it
>high adventure (which technically IS a Boy Scout specific activity), you
>may call it for instance.. a Level II (as in, not for the inexperienced)
Yes, I've been interested in psycholinguistics for years so I think
think words are important. I like Level II (or something like it).
>...comments on High Adventure deleted... would
>I applaud your work and hope that your good works and the (hopefully) good
>works and activities of your TROOP to be will convince your Chartering unit to
>take a more active part in its scouting programs and recognize the advancement
>of your youth in both programs. Good Luck.
Again thanks for your comments Gina.
And a note to Black Eagle: you'd better watch out or I'll be
writting more than you (hee-hee), (and mine isn't nearly as good).
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