Re: Webelos Transition to Boy Scouts
Ron W. Fox (RonWFox@AOL.COM)
Mon, 18 Sep 1995 17:34:40 -0400
Karen Bope wrote:
>Any advice on the pros and cons of starting our own troop vs. those of
joining an established troop?
My son graduates from our Pack in February of 1997, and I've been considering
this step as well. I've also taken it up with some of the SM's I met at our
Lodge's Spring Fellowship. I have a few early conclusions:
1) This is going to have to be, in large part, the decision of the boys.
They are supposed to decide what troop they are to join, so I should have to
think that this would include whether or not they want to start (or restart)
their own troop.
2) Sound out the parents. Let them know that this is an option that you'd
like them to consider. You'll need an ASM and another couple of Committee
3) Sound out your Chartered Organization. See if they are willing to support
a troop. This means you'll need a meeting place for the entire unit every
week, and possibly some help financially for....
4) Initial capitalization costs. You need a lot more equipment for a troop
than you need for a Webelos Den, including tents, a cook kit, etc. The boys
will need to buy more equipment than they needed as Cubs as well (pack, cook
kit, sleeping bag, etc.). While you may be able to substitute for some of
this stuff at first (people will have the tents they use for family camping,
frying pans from home, etc.), you will eventually need to get the real thing.
That will take money, and a plan on what to get and how to get it. P.S.:
you'd be suprised at what you can get at garage sales. How about a Coleman
2-burner for $5.00? How about an aluminum dutch oven for $1.00? How about a
Patrol Cook Kit for $5.00 (needs a 10" lid for the smaller pot....).
5) Talk to your DE. Of course, since his or her compensation is based, in
part, on starting up new units, you should expect their total cooperation.
Talk to the District Commissioner, as well.
6) Talk to some of the Scoutmasters in the area. One of those around me was
so kind as to volunteer to loan me some equipment until we got on our feet.
I also might want to borrow a senior scout for a while to act as an SPL
until we develop one of our own. It could help an established troop get
someone the leadership position they need for getting to Eagle.
I'm interested in hearing from the rest of the list on this subject.
Cubmaster, Pack 69
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City