Re: Who Is in Your Troop/Pack?
Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@ROCOCO.COLORADO.EDU)
Thu, 12 Oct 1995 15:51:15 MDT
> From: Bruce Harper <bharper@VT.EDU>
> This and the various ongoing discussions about Youth Protection has me
> wondering--does everyone have total strangers in their troop/pack/den?
> Do folks troll the roadsides for young boys and men to haul off to
> Scouting functions, without knowing who they are or who their parents are?
> I don't know if my confusion about all this is because Blacksburg is a
> bit out of the norm as communities go or whether it is just the nature of
> this list and this type of discussion. I would think that as Scouting
> leaders, we are probably more active in community/family/school activities
> than the norm and should be known/know parents and boys.
Well, to provide a counter-example I'll use myself. When I started working
in Scouting out here, I was referred to the troop by the local DE. I
didn't know anyone in the troop and they didn't know me. As a graduate
student, the activities I'm in are quite different as well, so I still
generally see the boys (and sometimes the parents) at scout meetings. In
fact, I have to admit that after about 6 months of working with the troop I
probably still don't know the majority of the parents well enough to match
them up with the proper boy. I'd be surprised if you don't see much of the
same phenomenon in Blacksburg since it is a college town as well and
therefore is likely to have a number of young, childless, fairly transient
people who were involved in scouting back home and want to continue to be
active while at school. Although, if I remember correctly Bruce is working
in a pack and I would guess most of the students would be interested in
working with troops.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City