Re: Changing Troops
Jim Holman (jrholman@POSTBOX.ACS.OHIO-STATE.EDU)
Wed, 2 Aug 1995 09:58:11 -0400
> My question, how do I go about telling the leader of my sons troop without
>getting him mad at me and my son? They also want my sons records and I'm not
>sure if he would give them to me. Any ideas?
I'd use English unless another language would work better. (Sorry, that's
meant as a joke, not a smart *** remark). Your Scoutmaster has obviously
lost interest in the troop, so he shouldn't really mind your son moving on.
It is not uncommon in my district for kids to move from one troop to another
for whatever reasons: to be with friends, slight differences in program or
whatever. If this happens with any frequency, it should serve as a wake-up
call for the unit. In the past 2-3 years, we've had 2 kids transfer out and
2 transfer in, so I'm not concerned. The other kids had their records
transferred and I happily transferred mine. It is considered quite
unethical to recruit from other units, but if a kid is unhappy with his unit
and isn't allowed to move, he'll probably drop out and be lost to scouting
altogether. You're not doing him a service to force him to stay.
I can't imagine you getting a really hard time about this, but if so, your
son should have his book with advancement requirements signed off, his part
of the blue cards for mb's, and you can get a copy of the green sheets from
your council office for advancement certification. The part you may have
trouble with is certification for time in leadership positions, attendance,
nights camping (important for the camping merit badge, OA, etc). You might
get a better response by telling him that "My son went to camp with this
troop and really had a good time. He thinks he'd like to transfer, but we
want to make sure that you would take him back if it doesn't work out."
Jim Holman (216)-263-3772
Head, Computing and Statistical Services, OARDC
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City