Re: When is a new pack/troop needed? (fwd)
Kevin S Woods (kswoods@CHRISTA.UNH.EDU)
Tue, 8 Aug 1995 08:56:03 -0400
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Date: Tue, 8 Aug 1995 08:54:51 -0400
From: Kevin S Woods <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: When is a new pack/troop needed?
I wish to voice my agreement with Charlotte Jerschild in her response to
Mr Berubes statements with regard to new unit failures.
This sound very much like a case of someone who has been around the
program TOOOOO Long.
The biggest reason I can see to form a new unit is when the
existing units do not meet the needs of the youth in the area. After all
our purpose is not to serve the leaders needs or what the leaders
perceive as a valid program. IT IS TO SERVE THE YOUTH!
I think the Explorer program is a good example of that. It has evolved
so that each post has its own direction. Something that is very
important to the age group it serves.
In the Boy Scout program, I have seen scoutmasters who believe that unless
you are mountain climbing, you are not Boy Scouting. Where does that
leave the youth who is either physically or financially unable to
participate in this. Or worse yet HE DOES NOT WANT TO!
There are many outdoor opportunities that can teach a scout all the
skills of the BSA program without being high adventure. As Charlotte
made reference to, if one wants to get outdoors, there are many ways to
Better than faulting new troops and alternative programs, Mr.
Berube and others like him might better serve scouting by offering their
assistance and wealth of supplies and knowledge to them.
I have a number of things I feel are most important in deciding
if a troop is serving its youth, but I think the top ones would be:
1. IS THE PROGRAM TRULY BEING RUN BY THE YOUTH?
or is it only in the mind of the SM?
2. Are the youth being given responsibility and rather than being _made_ to
make decisions ARE THEY BEING TAUGHT HOW TO MAKE DECISIONS?
3. ARE THE YOUTH LEARNING?
4. ARE THE YOUTH HAVING A GOOD TIME?
If all of these things TRULY exist, than we have succeeded. If not
perhaps it is time to look at ourselves and say...is it time to move on?
Is it time to let some new blood, some new ideas, have their chance at
running a Troop? Remember even though we may be trained, and we may have
umpteen years of doing this, we are not God's gift to scouting. If we have
forgotten how to think like a 11-13 year old than maybe it is time to
I'll stop preaching now....
Kevin S. Woods Voice: (H) 603-895-9010
Cubmaster, Pack 100 (W) 603-624-8178
Former Committee Member, Troop 100 Fax: 603-624-8185
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