Re: Six Month Programs for New Troops
Mark Orlovsky (morlovsk@EARTH.EXECPC.COM)
Thu, 8 Jun 1995 17:39:46 -0500
This sounds very interesting and as a SM for a new Troop who just completed
it's first 7 months, this program/outline would have been very helpful. If
someone finds more information about this program, please e-mail me directly
where I could obtain a copy.
I mentioned that the Troop has just completed it's first 7 months, and boy it
has been a very busy 7 months. We started at the end of October with 5 boys we
are now at 9 with 3 of the boys crossing over from Webelos and the other as a
As far as recruiting new members, I am extremly pleased with the outcome. Not
only did we recruit the 4 new boys, but I have also added an Assistant
Scoutmaster (who is also a Field Director for Milwaukee County Council - Dave
Borash). Our Associate Pastor has also joined the Troop as Committee Member
and Chaplain (he was a Scout and Vigil OA). Parents, I cannot forget the
parents. All of the parents have been done an outstanding job in supporting me
and the boys. Four of our adults (including leaders) have all been Scouts.
Each one has been or still is member of the OA. At least 2 of the mothers
including my wife have been Girl Scouts and or Girl Scout Leaders. My wife has
just accepted the position of Unit Commisioner in the Great Northwest District
of the Milwaukee County Council.
On outings we have had about 75 percent participation. Even if a boy cannot
make it for the whole weekend, they are there for at least half. In the past 2
months we have had 3 campouts in preparation for summer camp. For a majority
of the boys this has been their first oppurtunity at camping or camping
without their parents. Summer camp is a little more than 1 month away. It
looks like we will have 100 percent of all boys at camp. Camping has not been
the only focus activity. We have been participating in a monthly service
project of which 2 of the boys have over 15 recorded hours. We try to focus
service projects not just as a requirement for advancement, but more
importantly as being the responsibility of being a part of a church or
I guess you tell that I am beaming :>. I very proud of the boys and progress
they have made. Many of them will be able to complete the requirements for
Tenderfoot and Second Class by the end of summer, some possibly First Class.
Whatever they acheive I am confident that they will do it having fun and will
have done it themselves.
In closing, it has been frustrating. In some ways I think I could have done
somethings different. But who knows. I know that the job is not over, it is
just beginning. The Troop has been successful and will continue to be
successful. That of course means continued planning, recruitment, training,
meetings, long nights, let downs, etc. etc. But I am looking forward to Summer
Camp, Wood Badge, Fall campouts, and everything all over again.
Thanks to all on this list. Many of the postings have helped me solve some of
my own problems and concerns. If anyone responds to this posting and I don't
get back to you right away please forgive. My family and I are leaving
Saturday morning for 2 weeks in Hawaii. I guess that this like the Disney
commercial "Mark Orlovsky now that you have Troop 117 up and running what are
you going to do?". "I am going to Hawaii!".
Mark P. Orlovsky
Scoutmaster - BSA: Troop 117, Wauwatosa, WI
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