Re: When to start a new unit?
ralph romig (rwromig@PPCO.COM)
Fri, 11 Aug 1995 08:22:33 -0500
>From: email@example.com (ralph romig)
>Subject: Re: When to start a new unit?
>>- So how does one determine a need for a new troop?
>The parties involved have to make that determination for themselves. The
units that can suceed have a good mix of enthusiasm, leadership from adults,
knowlege, meeting place, charter partner, etc.
>>- I am looking for suggestions on how to identify whether or not there
>> are boys who would join a new troop over an existing troop.
>Associating with a Charter Partner that has a Cub pack (hopefully large or
new) that doesn't have an associated Troop is a good idea. Another is
looking at the Potential Charter Partner for the source of boys. Recruit
enthusiastically from Packs without an associated Troop. Most of their
Webelos want to go somewhere. Talk to boys in the neighborhood. Lots of
boys when talked to about camping, hiking, canoeing would like to take part
in a group that does that.
>>_ Also, when one is looking for a new Committee Chair person, what
>> qualities do you look for? I feel this position is perhaps more critical
>> than the Ast. Scoutmasters. It is my belief that the Committee Chair
>> needs to be a "do-er" not a follower.
>I have my own philosophy as a former CC of a Cub Pack. I think that the CC
should be a strategist. The CC should develop the policies and lay out
where to take the troop over a period of time.
>SM should be responsible for the program. This means 1 meeting at a time
and one program year at a time.
>The CC needs to think about what the troop needs to support program
development, provide resources (money and otherwise), how to develop boy and
adult leadership. Develop policies that provide safe scouting experiences
for the boys, etc. He's the planner and resource coordinator. That's an
active and demanding job.
>The SM and the CC must work closely together. They should agree on
philosophy and communicate often.
>The CC should set and maintain standards for training, plan the units
future development, and take an active role in recruiting leadership.
>Being a primary person in the selection of a SM is also a key
responsibility of the CC. It's a not a good unit if the CC is a chair
holder rather than a chairman.
>OPINION: The CC needs to be committed to at least a 2 year term so that he
can think longer range.
>>- Thirdly, How active a participant do you expect your Charter Rep to be?
>> Other than providing a meeting place, what other support do you expect
>> from your Charter Organization.
>The more active he is the better the relationship between the Charter
partner and the unit. (In general.) The COR is responsible for insuring
that the goals and activities of the unit reflect the goals of the Charter
Organization. He also is responsible to act as CC in the absence of a CC.
He approves all leaders and selects the CC. Our COR has a boy in the unit.
He regularly goes on activities, sits on BOR's, consults with SM's, ASM's,
CC, and other parents. The pack I graduated from in January (with my son)
had a COR that routinely attended our activities, made committee meetings,
talked with leaders and boys. Both gentlemen are actively involved with the
units. This makes a big difference.
>Support will vary widely. Some CP's only provide a name on a charter.
Others actually provide meeting space, storage room, and money to run the
>Our Troop has a CP that provides meeting space, storage room, licensing
fees for our trailers, and makes chuck boxes for the patrols. And even more
important,they provide a lot of tolerance for minor indescretions such as
leaving a slight mess in the meeting room (unintentional of course), setting
off the burgler alarm, and making a lot of noise. :-)
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