Re: SCOUTS-L Digest - 6 Mar 1995 to 7 Mar 1995
Lynne Fitzsimmons (lynnef@TEKADM1.CSE.TEK.COM)
Wed, 8 Mar 1995 09:54:40 PST
Claudia Carroll writes in SCOUTS-L
>Peter Van Houten is writing about having 30 Webelos for crossover. How does
>one merge that many boys into an existing troop? In Girl Scouts they would
>stay together and go to next age level, as their own troop. Is this not the
>way ot works for Boy Scouts?
Actually that is the way it is supposed to work in Girl Scouts also. A
multi-age, multi-grade troop, while initially more work for the leader,
pays off big dividends for girl leadership training. The more experienced
girls become the patrol leaders and troop officers, and show the younger
girls just entering that level the way it should be done. The bridging
girls have troops to visit and decide which one they would want to join,
etc. A troop then maintains at a level (Junior Troop 800 for an example
that I remember fondly) and builds up history, and equipment. It is
also good for the adult leadership of the troop; as there is usually an
experienced leader at that level, and another one or two becoming experienced.
This a GSUSA National Policy (and can be found in Safety-Wise). It is a real
loss to the girls that most troops are organized strictly by grade. It is
also one of my hot buttons, and I've always had a multi-grade troop.
I have seen girls not get into a troop because "the 4th grade troop is
full". However, the leaders that come after me don't seem to continue it.....
Many Girl Scout troops are really small, too - 5 to 10 girls. That is a
patrol, not a troop! I know it is easier on the leader - they don't have
to round up as many drivers to go on an outing, and it is easier to find
a meeting place. But they don't have as many parents to draw on either.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City