New Troop 29
Bob Losee (UCAS402@UNLVM.BITNET)
Wed, 24 Feb 1993 13:30:44 CST
A few months ago I mentioned my Pack (of which I am Cubmaster/Committee
Chair) decided to start a new troop. This is to announce that I think
we did it!
It's a kind of mixed up affair but I thought I'd quickly relate what has
happened. The Pack Committee voted to ask the DE and Chartering Org Rep (CR)
to ask the church to form a troop. They agreed, this being in November.
We had a guy who formed a major pack in our city two years ago interested
in being scout master, we had families who were interested. All we really
needed was the churches signature on the form.
Well a few adults met in mid-december and filled out forms for our positions,
and later in the month we set up program outlines, schedules, &tc.. Still
no word from the church. Then at the end of December the DE gets promoted
to SDE in another district. No problem. He'll try in the month that's left to
get in touch with the church. January 13 and we're having an org. meeting with
prospective parents. January 27th we have our first troop mtg with four
boys, planning for a Rendevous the 30th, which we attended.
End of January DE leaves and new guy takes over. "Have we gotten chartered
yet?" "Yup I've got a computer printout showing you are." "Oh really? Who
signed off?" "Don't know but someone had to since it's in the computer."
Well we had other troop meetings the 3rd and 10th of Feb, and JLT Saturday
the 6th. Then at pack committee the 11th with the CR in attendance I announce
that we are chartered. The CR looks funny at me and says "I think not."
I'm at the the Council office the next morning, such as it was, since they
were moving that day to another part of town. Still can't see who signed off
since that's in some unknown box somewhere. Well it turns out the church
hadn't had any meeting with the council yet. The council and the church
each claims they left messages with the other and the other never returned
the calls. My best guess is the old DE made a new troop in the computer
to add the adult forms to it, figuring all he needed to do was get a
signature. Of course the new DE wasn't aware of this.
Well in the end the new scout master and myself just decide to meet directly
with the minister of the church. He's disappointed that I've been so
uncommunicative with him about all this. I tell him I'm sorry but the scout
office said I should stay out of it till they talk with them first. In
the end we agree to ignore the council and get this going on our own. So
I think we are OK as a troop.
Other than this problem it's been pretty exciting and rewarding. At our
next meeting March 8th we should have twelve boys with the Webelos
crossovers. The four older boys are getting along great. We've got them
scheduled for Trail the Eagle the next few weekends. We have our first
camp out scheduled for the end of March. And we've started talking
about going to Wind River Range in the summer of '94.
Since we have enough boys and therefore parents we'll probably form a
Troop Committee this next month (after we're *really* chartered) as
opposed to initially running it out of the Pack Committee as I initially
considered. When this is formed we will address Troop bylaws, where I'll
probably include a troop/pack liason as a way to keep in close touch
with one another.
Organizationally we have our plan till the end of summer when the scouts
can figure out what they want to do. The scout master is more of an
organizer than I am, and I thought I was good (it's humbling), but he's
not very experienced with camping and scout crafts. On the
other side I've got my nephew involved as a asst. scoutmaster. He's
in his early twenties, a recent Eagle and was an asst. scoutmaster with
one of the best troops in the council. He's not much of an organizer
but great on camping and fun stuff. Me and my asst. cubmaster (and
friend) are in between these two in our organizing and fun abilities.
All in all I think we have a good group of adult leaders (a rich
ecology I call it). My expectation is a year from now we could have over
I'd like to take this time to thank Don Izard for his encouragement in
starting this endeavor and John E Bush of Stillwater OK for sending
me his Troop Information sheet. I plagiarized most of it (with his
permission) deleting out references to Stillwater OK and their camps.
This wouldn't go over well with the Big Red Football Fanatics in our
town, as they're a major football competitor.
Robert D. Losee BITNET: ucas402@unlvm
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