New Troop/Old Troop
Michael Derleth (75112.1671@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Wed, 20 Sep 1995 11:34:17 EDT
<< Karen Bope raised the issue of webelos joining a new troop or an
established troop. >>
Many respondents seem to feel that an infusion of new boys and
leaders can revive or re-invigorate a declining troop. Very true.
My vote would be join the existing/dying troop if it's good...BUT...
Be very careful in your analysis of WHY the troop is dying. Almost
every troop goes through "lean years" when not many new scouts
join. If this is why the troop is "declining", great.
OTOH, many troops decline because leaders do everything, leader
is an autocrat, no support from Charter org. etc. This is almost impossible
to turn around. I'm trying now in the troop I'm with, but the
leaders don't see the problem. On paper we look great, but we
have no 4 year scouts in our troop. They get fed up and leave.
You should leave the choice up to the boys, but realize that they are
highly dependent on you for advice, and will likely follow your lead.
Be subtle. Helping steer them toward a well managed troop, wether its
your new one, or the "declining" one is the best legacy you can leave.
YIS, Mike Derleth
ASM T32, Monroe, LA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City