Keith Barr (keithbar@NBNET.NB.CA)
Sun, 6 Nov 1994 00:30:12 -0400
Daniel Bailey wrote:
>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).
>Please send me any suggestions or comments. I'm excited by this prospect
and I welcome any help or experience anyone might have.
My troop, 7th Fredericton, went through a merger with two other troops (3rd
Fredericton and 9th Fredericton) in the downtown area of Fredericton six
years ago. It has been a great success. Six years ago our numbers were
down, both in terms of boys and leaders. We now have 30 Scouts (we went
co-ed this year and have 4 girls in our combined troop) and seven leaders
(including four new leaders this year) While we each keep our own sponsors
and Group Committees, we are one troop when it comes to regular meeting
nights and camping activities. We have rotated the position of Troop
Scouter among the three troops on a annual rotation. The youth are
completely integrated. At the present time we have five patrols, with
various combinations of the three troops represented in each of the patrols.
The Scouts wear their troop neckerchiefs and troop identification badges on
their uniforms. The three troop flags are displayed at our opening horseshoe.
The merger of the three troops has given us the opportunity to offer a
varied outdoor program for the Scouts. We have the resources, both
equipment and human resources, to provide a very active program. In the
past four years or more we have earned our Provincial Commissioner's Outdoor
Award for 600 hours a year, or more, on outdoor activities. The Scouts'
enthusiasm for the program has attracted new youth to the combined troop
each year, not only from our existing Cub Packs, but older youth who have
not been involved in Scouting before.
It has been a very positive move for us. Our dilemna now is that we may be
getting too large to operate as a combined troop and may have to consider
Best of luck with your join venture.
Yours in Scouting
Keith Barr, Troop Scouter, 3rd,7th,9th Fredericton combined troop.
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