New subscriber, new troop
Tom Hranek (Thranek@AOL.COM)
Tue, 6 Jun 1995 22:54:28 -0400
Guess it's time to introduce myself, having seen a couple of weeks
of posts. This electronic forum is nothing short of amazing.
Seems to contain everything they forget to tell you in training.
Anyway, I'm Tom Hranek, Scoutmaster elect of Troop 284 in
Endicott, NY, which will be chartered this week. We're starting
with our five graduating Webelos and great support from their
families and the sponsoring Knights of Columbus. Our Assistant
Scoutmaster is currently the Webelos Den Leader and our
Committee Chairman is an experienced trainer including the
Woodbadge program. My own background includes all of the Cub
Scouting chairs except Webelos Leader since about 1980, and
helping out on another troop committee while our older sons were
in Scouts. I've been through the basic Scoutmaster training, but
was never in Scouts as a youth. Consequently, I've got some
"book knowledge," hopefully some common sense, but little direct
Here's where someone out there can probably help. You see, one
of the assurances I received, in person from our council exec, and
from our basic training came in the form of a model program of
"The Troop's First Six Months." Supposedly, there is a prepared
program which walks a new troop through it's infancy and right
into the full scouting program. Oddly enough, we set about to
establish the new troop, with me relying on this information as a
substantive means of initial support. All the pieces are in place,
boys, committee, sponsorship, initial funding, training -- but no one
in our council has been able to locate "THE TROOP'S FIRST SIX
MONTHS." Does such material exist? How can it be obtained?
If it is no longer available, does someone have a copy we could
borrow? If "The Troop's First Six Months" turns out to be scouting
mythology, perhaps some of you might have some words of
wisdom on starting a new troop, one that uses the full scouting
program -- for the long haul.
Thanks for whatever help you can provide. BTW, it's fantastic to
see knowledgeable scouters functioning as if they were (are)
computer literate. If only the local scout service centers could
move in that direction.
Chartered Organization Rep - Pack 284
Scoutmaster - Troop 284
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City