Re: troop changes
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sun, 17 Sep 1995 18:38:59 -0400
On Sun, 17 Sep 1995, James A. Sheckels wrote:
> It sounds like the problem comes from adults who are operating "at the edge"
> of understanding aspects of the Scouting program.
I agree. The organization head and the COR aren't trained.
> I first wonder about the separation of older/younger Scouts. Is this driven
> by a sponsor doctrine/policy (religous) requirement? If not, maybe there is a
> misunderstanding of the purpose of the Venture Crew (even the Varsity Team)
> within the Troop.
It came up because the father of a new 12 year old complained that his
son didn't have a leadership position to advance to Star in the minimum
required time: the 14 and 15 year olds were taking "his" place. And,
yes, the sponsor has a Varsity program that consists of pickup
basketball, which has not been of interest to most of the 14 and 15 year
> Either way, the planning of a Troop program is done by the SCOUTS with the
> support of the Committee. Scout plans which cannot be supported
> (realsitically) by the adult leaedrs should be talked out with the PLC. When
> the adults take over running the Troop, they do irreparable damage, because
> the Scouts don't learn how to plan and interact with other authorities. (Or
> do they learn?)
I suspect they learn to interact with authorities by doing what the
authorities tell them to do.
> Adult leaders sign an application which must be approved by the organization
> and the local council. The organization head must sign the unit application.
> (while he or the COR sign the subsequent recharter papers) The unit
> application also says the organization will follow BSA policies. Doesn't
> sound like they are when they push the Scouts desires and input aside.
> You don't say much about the SM's response - only the involvement of the COR
> and Org Head. Nor do you say your specific leadership involvement in the
> Troop. If you are not a Troop leader, you still have a voice as a parent.
> Voice your concerns, not just to the SM, but also to the Committe, COR and
> Org Head.
The SM was told of the changes; he wasn't asked his opinion. I'm just a
> If all else fails, your responsibility as a parent is to your son's Scouting
> experience. If you feel strongly enough, find a Troop that will allow him to
> grow through leadership experiences!
I've left that decision to my son; I'll look with him for another troop if
he wants. >
Paul H. Brown, UC, GW District, National Capital Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City