Webelos Transitition to Boy Scouts -- more than 2 options
John Edwards (edwardsj@ANNAP1.JSC.MIL)
Wed, 20 Sep 1995 17:26:42 -0400
> 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.
Don't feel obligated to look at this problem as only having two
solutions. IF you decide to take the challenge of starting a new troop (a
highly rewarding experience when it succeeds), you will need scouts and
leaders with more experience. This can be accomplished by borrowing members
from the other troop (take care to meet on different nights of the week) and
by combining your outings. I came from troop 256 in Harrisburg, PA. We had
a sister troop, troop 11, that we used to go on outings with. It proved
beneficial for us from a diversity standpoint, and allowed each troop to
"crutch" off the other when there was a human or equipment resource that was
missing from one of the two troops. Troop "267" had some very memorable
This idea will make your DE happy, as he gets to add a new troop to his
list. Bring that up to him and remind him that you will need help. It also
promotes fellowship, solves a lot a problems for both troops over time, and
gives you the opportunity to spread the word a little farther and wider.
Needless to say, this shade of grey answer could result in two very closely
knit troops for years, or two loosely knit troops that go their own way
after a while. Either way, I think you end up with a better solution than
the original two options.
John L. Edwards
Joint Spectrum Center/IIT Research Institute
Annapolis, MD, USA
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