How to divide a troop in two
Majd Bakar (majd@NIL.MNI.MCGILL.CA)
Thu, 28 Jul 1994 10:59:57 -0400
I have a problem that my Venturer's company is having, and might apply
to troops of the BSA. As you know in Scouts-Canada venturers are the oldest
youth group (14-17). This company started 3 years ago with only 3 venturers.
With the help of our sister Scouts troop and friends talking to each others, we
just hit 22 members.
At first with the small number it wasn't hard to organize the company
as a single one (one patrol). Now with this large number I don't think (neither
do the youth) that it is possible to operate as a single entity, so a division
of this company is in due. The company is composed of: 3 boys age 17, 4 girls
and 2 boys age 16, 5 boys age 15, 3 girls and 5 boys age 14 (comming up from
the Scouts troop).
Several division schemes were proposed by the members and the advisers
of the company:
1- A division according to age (14-15) and (16-17) together with totally
seperate programs, activities and themes, with seperate meeting places. This
solution had some resistance from the venturers of the 15 year old age.
2- Every one writes down the company that he sees himself in (10-12
venturers), then a common denominator is taken to make the division. This one
causes a problem that the members of the 14 year old age group will have a hard
time, because they don't know the rest of the members. One of the adviser is
totally against this procedure, because he does not want to have friends gang up
3- The Executifs (=SPL) with the help of the advisers, will write down a
survey for the activities that might be worked through out the year, and every
body will make his/her selection and a division will be made according to the
selection. The survey should be written in a way to allow for a varsity of
activities and projects, and be destinct enough to make a clear cut in
4- A selection of the two companies will be made by an adviser, were he
will divide members to have an equilibrium in both companies, according to his
knowledge of the members, no good friends are allowed to be together, because
they will goof around. I am against this solution because we are not taking the
youth point of view, nor are they participating in the decision making of the
existence of their own company. And if some freinds would like to be in the same
company why deprive them this right, and on the contrary they might work better
together because they will have a stronger motivation to work and HAVE FUN.
I am open to any suggestion and new ideas, and if you have any comment
on the proposed solutions please don't hesitate to email me personally or the
list for the benefit of every body, because I think that this problem exists in
all branches of scouting, and not restricted to Scouts-Canada's Venturers.
As you have noticed I am more biased toward the two age-groups division,
because it allows for more flexibility in the program, open up broder horizons
for their chalenges, and members MIGHT have a better understanding of each
others because they are closer in age; 2 years span instead of 4!
I am sorry for wasting much of a BW ad time for every body but I think
that this problem is worth mentioning, and I really need a solution :(
Majd BAKAR Majd@NIL.MNI.McGill.CA
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