Re: NEW MEMBER PROBLEMS
RYAN KEIL (RYAN.KEIL@M.CC.UTAH.EDU)
Fri, 22 Apr 1994 10:42:58 -0600
On Tue, 19 Apr 1994, Rob White wrote:
> Hello fellow scouts!
> I am having some problems with the troop my son transitioned to and
> wanted to get some feedback from you. This may end up a long letter.
> I am a Cubmaster of a relatively new pack that is sponsored by an
> Orthodox Jewish Congregation (run by an even more orthodox chassidic rabbi).
> I am a Conservative Jew and a member of a different congregation.
> I helped create the pack with the expressed purpose of getting Jews who
> practice traditional Judaism into scouting. This has not been an easy
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> A couple months ago my son transitioned into Boy Scouts, joining a local
> troop sponsored by a Jewish Reform Congregation.
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[ deleted about non-kosher foods served, failure to plan ]
> Several parents have vented their fury at me about this; holding me
> responsible and/or expecting me to do something about it.
[ deleted about kosher problem complaint, ASMs' personal agendas,
perceived reputation ]
> Comments please. One last thing, I do plan on setting up a meeting with
> the SM as time permits.
> Rob White The mail must go through,
This may be a bit simplistic, but have you considered reinventing the
wheel? You've done it once in building a pack sponsored by your
synagogue. Do it again--for a troop. It is not as tremendous task as you
might think. I understand about time constraints (I assume they were
present when you chartered the pack, so this isn't a new factor). But now
you've got some people who should be willing to help. I refer, of course,
to all those who voice to you their concerns. Let them know--help them
understand that they can and must be a part of the solution.
You can rely on this group (the scouts-l partcipants) to support you in
any way possible. You have access here to tremendous amounts of
experience and information. What you need to do is get the parents
involved. You can, and should make effort to recruit local boys not a
member of your synagogue--letting them and their parents know how you will
Once you charter a troop, you will probably find your district willing to
make some adjustments to include you and the other adults in training, and
your troop in district activities.
If you elect to pursue this course of action, be sure to keep the group
here posted on your progress, challenges, etc.
At Large Member
Great Salt Lake Council, BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City