Re: Webelos Transitition to Boy Scouts
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Tue, 19 Sep 1995 00:36:07 -0400
On Mon, 18 Sep 1995, bope, karen wrote:
> We have a den of 9 boys who are in their last year of Webelos.
> We have the choice of joining an established Scout troop of
> approximately 26 boys, or reinstituting a troop that now has no
> Any advice on the pros and cons of starting our own troop vs. those of
> joining an established troop? Thanks in advance.
I'm glad that you are considering both options. There is merit in both.
If you restart a defunct Troop you may ultimately bring Scouting to more
boys and do a lot of good. If you plan to do this, you should be aware
that it will require considerably more parental effort to set up a
committee, find a suitable Scoutmaster, etc. And in many ways a small
growing vital Troop is much better than a larger one that is on the decline.
On the other hand by joining an established Troop, the Scouts will find a
group with an established program and plans already underway for
activities so that they can hit the ground running. And a Troop without
new transitioning Webelos each year is apt to die out in a few years. If
the existing Troop has a good program and the Scouts are interested in
joining it will help them get the full benefit of the program without delay.
One thing you should do in weighing the options is to get a picture of
how the Troop of 26 is doing and whether it will meet the needs of your
Scouts. You also should be looking at whether not joining would
contribute to its collapse in the next few years. It doesn't do much
good to create a weaker Troop that has a higher risk of failure and
deprive an older Troop of members insuring its failure, if it is
dependent on your Pack for new members. This could lead to two failed
Talk with your District Commissioner's staff. They will have a pretty
good idea about the vitality of the older Troop and whether starting a
new one would be viable as well. Talk with the boys and parents about
whether they would be willing to go the extra mile to start fresh.
In the final analysis ask the question of what is best for the nine
Scouts you have. What is the best way of delivering the Scouting promise
to them? Which will be most likely to ensure they join and stay long
enough to benefit from the program?
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
DDC-Training, GW Dist. Nat Capital Area Council mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
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