Hello & new/old troop response
Alan R. Keiper (AKeiper@AOL.COM)
Thu, 21 Sep 1995 09:41:26 -0400
First of all HELLO! I have been receiving mail the last few days and can see
this will be a very good group to belong. I have been a Den Leader,
Cubmaster, ScoutMaster, and Now heading for Committee Chairperson of a newly
formed Troop. All that in 7 years.
We formed a new troop! It was very difficult, but fun. But first, if
possible, join an existing troop. There is too much experience to be gained
from leaders and senior scouts, especially the older scouts. The boys
respond or NOT respond to peers better.
So why did we start a new troop? For the 5 years I was in cub scouting we
send our Webelos to a nearby troop because we did not have a troop of our
own. Some boys stayed in the troop, but many others did not. When my son
transferred to the troop, I had a better exposure to the going ons in the
troop. 10 of the 11 joining Webelos for that yesr were dropping out. Eight
of the boys came to me and ask if we could start our own troop. The key is
THEY ASKED. "If that is scouting they nothing to do with it." They were
Harrassed and advancement was Ignored, It was a high adventure troop and only
those who hung in there were embraced. Not the perfect conditions.
The Scouts asked!! So after getting some interested parents, stealing their
committee chairperson and long time scouter to help us get started, we were
on the way. We did not ask any of the other troop's scouts to join, but
they knew of us and other boys who dropped out came forward also. We found a
charter orginization, not an easy job. And we were off. We were up to 18
scouts in a matter of four months.
At first the leaders had to focus on advancement, we had to be ready to
receive the new Webelo graduates. Now we approach our first anniversary. We
have our 1st First class and several 2nd's. We have two heathly patrols, with
their own leadership. They have planned their own troop meeting for the last
4 months as they work to train the newer scouts and themselves for the "Scout
Olympics" we are having for them.
Funding: We have gone with a 20 dollar quarterly assetment for this first
year to raise capital. The scouts recycle cans and have earned 150 dollars
themselves for equipment. The scouts also donated all the earnings for their
popcorn sale last year. Parents asked their employers for donations, My
employer is an eagle Scout, he donated 500 dollars.
Bottom Line: The boys ask for the troop. We had some experienced parents and
some money to start, but the boys made it possible...
175 - Mentor, Ohio
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City