Bill Hunter (hunteb@SMTPGATE.LDS-AZ.LORAL.COM)
Mon, 9 May 1994 09:20:51 MST
I am the Scoutmaster of Troop 99 in Litchfield park, AZ, a position held for
about 10 years. Though I have a boy in the Troopo, he was not of Scout age
when a started, and I doubt I'll leave when he goes off to College.
I have found that the success of long term Scoutmasters is unique to each
Troop. But certainly a long history of successfull scouting speaks for itself.
We have always maintained a Troop between 40-50 Scouts. That's my comfort
It is good, however, to get new blood, and with them, new ideas. New blood can
be in the form of SMAs, SPLs and committee people. I would discourage keeping
all leadership the same over an extended period of time, things will get stale!
As far as merging Troops, its a very tough call. Even under the best of
circumstances there are many difficulties to hurdle. In my view, unless you
have a problem with limited resources and the possibility of one of the Troops
suffering or closing, I would not merge the groups. It is not an etenic issue.
In scouts I have found that small is not necessarily bad.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City