Re: Troop Problem with Webel
Bob Sargeant (SARGEANT@CUA.EDU)
Tue, 7 Mar 1995 12:48:21 -0500
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences regarding cross overs
to Boy Scouts. I find myself feeling that you are a bit early in wanting
to have your boys have activities with the Troops. They are still working
with second year dens and finishing a program they developed almost a year
ago. In the George Washington District of the NCAC, we urge our units to
use the fall camporee as a good opportunity to camp with troops. As a matter
of fact the boys can see several troops at the same time and make comparisons.
The weather in early October is still great for camping.
A good bridging program is one in which both the den and the troop work
to make it successful. Both need to approach planning with an open mind.
Talk to the Scoutmasters in your area and ask them how you can work together
to allow the Troop to present itself in the best light. Feel free to offer
your thoughts as advice, but remember that this is their job to sell their
unit. The boys and their families should look at what the troop does to sell
its unit. If they are not comfortable with what they see, it seems to me that
they should be offered the opportunity to see other troops for comparison. You
can be instrumental in the process of making sure that there other troops that
can be seen. That after all is major part of the second year program.
It is important that we do not forget that the boy is the one who must
make this decision. We present options. Just my $.02 worth.
Yours in scouting, Bob Sargeant, DC for the GW District of the NCAC
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