Re: Tough Questions
Al West (awest@CLN.ETC.BC.CA)
Sat, 26 Feb 1994 23:38:29 -0500
I ran across this question from the pasture and cubmaster of a small
and promised to pass it along to this qroup to see if any one might be able
to answer his questions.
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Category 26, Topic 12
Message 78 Sat Feb 26, 1994
F.SZEWCZYK1 [Frank S] at 10:37 EST
I appologize to the list for quoting the previous but felt the thread
needed it. - Al
If as you suggest there is little support for Cubs within the
church and it has a negative image in the community, perhaps a Canadian
Scouting solution may be in order. We live in a small town with 5 Scouting
Groups servicing youths needs from Beavers to Rovers. There was an occasion
when the entire scout program of one group fell apart. They had a good cub
program and a Venturer program but transfers and a lack of initiative on
some parents part left 8 scouts without a home.
Here is what we did, first we moved all the boys to the troops of their
choice (other than their own) and settled them in with other senior scouts
as mentors. Then we actively encouraged new leadership to come forward with
the thought that they could apprentice with other functioning troops and
get the basics of a good program down pat before stepping out on their own
to try their hand at leadership. All of the new leaders were great
Woodbadge 1 candidates and the troop has returned to health. It took 3
years and dedication but when scouters pull together small miracle can
occur. That may work for you too.
BTW I took over group committee chair and a colleague took over our troop
so that our pastor could get back to his congregation. Your work for GOD is
important, I hope you can find a way to help the boys and yourself.
Yours in Scouting,
Al West, MacHand via internet
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