Re: troop changes
Bob Katz (RDKatz@AOL.COM)
Sun, 17 Sep 1995 16:53:20 -0400
In a message dated 95-09-17 13:03:05 EDT, you write:
>My 13 year old received his Life Scout award last week. I've encouraged,
>rewarded, cajoled, etc. to get him to this point. Now, I've decided that
>he can get the next passel of merit badges at his own rate, and I'll calm
>down and let him enjoy scouting. He was looking forward to learning how
>to be a patrol leader (elected a couple of weeks ago), and doing lots of
>He came home disappointed from a canoe trip today.
>Seems our COR and the head of our chartered partner told the SM that,
>henceforth, all scout activities would be planned by the committee, that
>the 14 and 15 year olds would be doing hiking, camping and "hi adventure,"
>(and would not meet with the rest of the troop), while the younger scouts
>would work on merit badges and not get out monthly. A "slate" of troop
>leaders to be elected is to be approved by the partner head before the
>scouts vote them into office.
>He sees himself working on merit badges weekly (in areas of no interest
>to him), while his older friends continue outdoor activities.
>I'm more concerned that the troop committee is to plan and execute all
>activities, rather than the PLC.
>Suggestions from the group?
>Paul H. Brown, UC, GW District, National Capital Area Council
First off, don't slack off on your 13 year old. Now is the toughest time for
your boy. If you slack off so will he.
Second, are you in an LDS troop? Generally the program is the provedience of
the Scoutmaster. The SM works with the PLC and organizes the program. The SM
then takes the program to the Troop Committee for their approval. Once it is
approved, the Troop Committee help organize the details needed to make the
program work. Things like Transportation, Tour Permits, Permission Slips,
Money Collection and the like can be well handled by the Troop Committee.
3/4 of Scouting is Outing. Scouts should be encouraged to go on outings
(usually once a month). All of the "younger" requirements require campouts of
one sort or another.
In our units (LDS) our 11 year olds (Blazers) work on the Younger
requirements. Their goal is First Class or better in the year. Our 12-13 year
olds (Scouts) work on merit badges. Their goal is is Life or better. Our
14-15 year olds (Varsity) still work on merit badges and engage in more High
Adventure activities. Their goal is Eagle or better. Our 16-18 year olds
(Explorer) work on merit badges finishing up their Eagle or working on Palms.
Agian their activities are are more High Adventure.
This shows up most in our summertime activities. The Blazers generally do not
attend Summer Camp. The Scouts go to Summer Camp (Merit Badge Mill). The
Varsity have gone to Beaver High Adventure Base and Philmont. The Explorers
have gone to the Grand Canyon, Colorado River and like places.
Troop, Team, Post 495
District Advancement Chairman
5 Nations District
California Inland Empire Council
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