Re: Rangers explained
Gino Lucrezi (lucrezi@DSIAQ1.ING.UNIVAQ.IT)
Sat, 24 Jul 1993 02:33:22 +0100
> The Outpost corresponds closely with the Scout Group in the UK: a sort
> of family grouping of the different age-levels in a given locality.
> The equivalent of Senior Commander is normally called the
> Group Scout Leader (GSL). This is also similar to the situation in
> Germany, with the 'Stamm' (roughly translated as tribe, clan, or family)
> as the primary organization.
Here in Italy (at least as far as Agesci is concerned) the Group is
the basic level of organization, and the first level of association
Each group has two Group Leaders (male and female) and a group Chaplain.
All leaders in the group (at least 20 years old) are part of the
Leader's Community, which meets weekly or bi-weekly. The Leader's
Community does the "Educational Plan" for the group (usually every
three years), and each year assigns the various leaders to the units
in the group, according to the leaders' skills and the Educational
Plan. This ensures common intent among all three branches of the same
group (Wolf Cubs, Scouts, Rovers).
> I know that I prefer the Group structure, even though most conflicts
> are between the leaders 'at the sharp end' and the GSL. However, the
> streamlining of the committee structure, only hitting parents once for
> subscriptions and help fundraising, one building to be looked after,
> etc., probably outweigh the minor problems of not having a key to the
> QM store.
I feel that logistical problems are the least ones to consider when
comparing the group vs. the loose units approach. The biggest
advantage is having all Leaders working towards the same goals and
with the same mix of children (i.e. all small town boy).
> In both the UK and Germany, a Group or Stamm could have two or more
> Troops, Packs, etc., in it. In the Royal Rangers, is it possible to
Also in Italy. However, if you have more than a unit of each kind, you'd better
split into two groups (you are actually encouraged to do so) so you keep the Lea
der's Community from becoming too large.
> Also of interest is how you encourage members to transfer from one
> age level to another. This is quite a problem in the UK, and also
> of immediate interest to us here in BSA in Heidelberg. (We've just
> seen six boys graduate out of a Cub Pack, but only one has landed in
> a Boy Scout Troop.) Is the transfer done one at a time, or does
> an entire Pioneer group suddenly become a Trailblazers group?
> (The German Scouts here keep the group together at all times, even
> though some may still be Cubs and others Scouts during the transition
Transfers happen at the start of yearly activities (i.e. September or
October). Since each unit's staff does its planning yearly, to do
otherwise would mean introduce boys halfway during the unit's work.
New entries usually happen at the same time, with new boys rarely
being accepted too much later in the year. All cubs born in the same
year transfer at the same time to their group's Troop, and so do
Gino Lucrezi @ Universita` "V. Rivera" - L'Aquila - Italy
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