starting a new troop ???
Jim Holman (HOLMAN_JIM/OMGATE_OA@GATE.US.OHIO-STATE.EDU)
Wed, 7 Apr 1993 14:10:29 -0400
My DE is bugging me to start a new troop and I'd like some advice
on what to do. Situation: we have a fairly successful cub scout pack
chartered through our PTO (the troop would have to find a different
CO), but no corresponding troop to move into. There *is* a troop we
traditionally point our exiting Webelos towards, but don't have a very
good transition rate, part of the reason being that it isn't really
local, and our kids don't know anyone already in the troop. This is
a *very* active troop, but their main concern is an Indian Dance Team
which performs for other groups and this is where most of the energy is.
We could move 4-6 Webelos/year in which might be enough to sustain a
troop with a few outsiders coming in too, but my concern is that when
you start with all new boys and new (trained but still new) leaders
that the kids would be cheated at first. It seems that you'd want
older scouts to "seed" the troop with leadership AND example. My
original thought was to start out with an already established troop,
and then when we thought we were ready to split off and establish our
own troop, but then that wouldn't be fair to the other troop either.
If we plan on starting next year, we'd have at least 2 leaders with
Scoutmaster Fundamentals, probably a decent sized committee, and a
start of 6-9 newly crossed Webelos from our pack plus (maybe) others.
Of course, the DE is as much interested in numbers as anything else
(new troop, new leaders even if most of them are multiples); I'm
more interested in the program. Advice? Any promises I should try
to extract? Thanks in advance.
Yours in Scouting (as if I don't already have enough to do)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City