Re: When is a new pack/troop needed?
ralph romig (rwromig@PPCO.COM)
Mon, 7 Aug 1995 13:36:45 -0500
>When is a new pack or Troop needed?
>1. When the packs and troop are full to there capacity due to phycial room.
>2. Because a Church or sponsor wants it so they can draw new members.
Also a valid reason.
>3. Or because just to look good for the Council, for Quality District Award.
Not a valid reason.
>4. Or for the District Execitive to meet his 3 year goal for a raise.
Not a valid reason.
>5. Or a excuse to spend our SME money.
Most new units here don't get SME money.
I can cite 6 new units in the last 2 years (that I am familiar with).
1 Explorer unit was formed because the Leader was a GS leader and wanted to
offer her girls the opportunities available through BSA. They formed a
primarily girl High Adventure Explorer unit chartered under the same Charter
partner as a very successful Troop and Pack. They've struggled a great
deal. There are mainly ships available in the area. So this unit
potentially serves a need if it flourishes. It is getting some level of
support through the Troop's Venture Crew.
2 New Troop formed because the Webelos Den Leader and his boys didn't see a
Troop that appealed to them. 8 boys and 3 enthusiastic leaders formed the
unit 2 years ago. This group is flourishing and now up to 18 boys.
Partnered with a sponsor that had a pack but no troop. Set to double again
if they work at it. Thriving on the enthusiasm of a bunch of younger boys
and enthusiastic, involved leaders.
3 New Troop formed this summer after a 2 year study by the charter partner
to figure how/when/what/where. This group wanted a troop, actively studied
how to support a unit. Recruited a group of ex-scouts and Scouters involved
in other units to be the committee organizing the unit. Have 8 boys now and
just underway. SM was a CM with another highly successful unit. 2 ASM's
both eagles. Strong charter partner support. Also in a neighborhood
without another unit within a mile or so. Partner has enough members to
support a unit.
4 New pack formed under similar circumstances as 3 but at a different partner.
5 & 6 New pack and troop started simultaneously at a charter partner 3
years ago. Dissolved at second opportunity for recharter. It was formed at
a charter partner immediately across the street from a highly successful
pack (and just about 1 mile from another highly successful pack and troop).
Unit had no leadership from inside the charter partner. Charter partner
viewed the unit as an outside unit using their facilities. IH decides he
wants more control says he won't allow units to recharter without at least
one principle leader (CC or SM/CM besides the COR) from inside the
institution. He puts finding those people on the COR/CC/CM/SM (COR is same
for both units) Units fold. Unit was started because DE wants unit
numbers and considers the 2 successful units nearby as nearly full. Charter
partner never really bought in since boys aren't from their organization.
>Why start a troop with no trained Leaders, Equipment, or money Boys >will
not get a quality program and drop out because there friends in >another
troop has equipment, leaders and go on campouts. The boy will >drop from the
new troop either go to the troop with his friends or drop >out of scouting
completely....NOW YOU HAVE A FAILED NEW >TROOP. The new troop folds and now
showing a bad mark against the >district as a dropped unit and dropped boys.
That's a little pessimistic.
I think that new units created for numbers tend to fail. New units with the
right mix (Charter Partner, Adult leadership, enthusiasm, drive, etc) do
well. Look at the examples from above. Some struggle or fail because some
elements are missing. Others thrive because the elements are there to thrive.
It's really impossible to know if the elements are truely there unless we
try to form new units. It's a bit like new businesses. Some grow to be
multinational corporations. Others fail in a few weeks. But we keep
trying. I think the true failure would be not trying to form new units.
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