Daniel Bailey (0005552689@MCIMAIL.COM)
Fri, 4 Nov 1994 13:20:00 EST
Our troop of 8-10 boys will be gaining 10-12 boys from a troop that is closing
down as a result of a change in emphasis in the youth program by the chartering
organization (a large church).
Originally when I learned that the other troop was closing down, we thought that
the boys would go to other troops that were closer to their home. However, the
boys wanted to remain together and didn't want to split up into other troops.
Jointly our troops have been to summer camp together and have participated in a
Camporee together because of insufficient numbers on either side. As a result,
our troop was 'chosen' to be the target troop by the boys.
What would be the best way to incorporate the two old troops into a larger,
better, stronger, fuller, richer, more dynamic, smarter, more exciting, thicker,
brighter troop? :-)
I don't want to offend the boys on either side, and I would want the new boys to
feel like this is their troop and that they have a say in the way it is run. I
wouldn't want to offend the parents of the new boys and lose their support.
What do we do about SPL & patrol leaders? My feeling is to immediately re-form
our 2 patrols, incorporating the new boys so that the 2 patrols are 'full-sized'
instead of the current 4-5 per patrol. We just elected a new senior patrol
leader. He is only 13, but I think he can do a good job as SPL.
One suggestion I've heard is to bring onboard the SPL's from both troops and
have them 'co-lead' (if that's possible) during an interim period of transition
for a few months while people get to know each other. Then we would have
elections during the next election period (end of March).
Please send me any suggestions or comments. I'm excited by this prospect and I
welcome any help or experience anyone might have.
Daniel S. Bailey,
SM Troop 88,
Colorado Springs, CO
Pikes Peak Council
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