Re: Dropped Scouts?
Charlotte S. Jerscheid (cjersche@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Mon, 19 Jun 1995 13:21:51 -0400
Michael Bowman aasked about limiting the size of Troop 13 and other
We are in a strange situation. The foundation that funds our Troop is
=not= the chartered organization. We are chartered to a middle school.
In accordance with the =other= golden rule ('them that has the gold makes
the rules'), the foundation agrees to fund up to 40 boys in our troop.
All of them must be students at the school or at least able to make it to
the 3 p.m. meetings in the school (next to impossible for those not
attending the school). We were allowed to accept only 6th graders
as of Sept. 1994 or boys who were previously Scouts elsewhere. A lot of
these additional restrictions have to do with the fact that the foundation
is using this as a "test" to see if Scouting enhances a boy's school
attendance and grades in an urban setting. <shrug> I'm not sure of the
logic of some of the rules, but there they are. There are several other
boys in the school who are members of other Troops.
I think, in all honesty, our biggest problem is lack of youth leadership.
Having that many boys in a brand new troop with only 5 or 6 of them having
any Cub Scout experience made it difficult to get the "boy-led" dynamic
going. Now both the Scoutmaster and the boys are used to having the
adults do all the planning, down to the SM selecting a new Patrol Leader
when the one the boys elected doesn't work out. After having activities
postponed and cancelled (3 just this month) because of the Scoutmaster's
work schedule, I am seriously considering un-volunteering as a leader and
suggesting that my son transfer. I'm an ASM, and I have no idea what
is being planned or how it's going to be carried out. I can't be a leader
under those conditions.
ASM, Troop 13
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