Stephen Allan Mintz (samintz@INFOCOMM.NET)
Sun, 10 Mar 1996 14:14:30 -0500
Ed Schmitt wrote:
about a scoutmaster only wanting the boys to bridge from the pack to
his troop as they belonged to the same chartering organization.
I think that this scoutmaster is taking a selfish troop view of the
situation. His point of view does not take into account the view
point of the boy and the boys family.
I do not doubt that the scoutmaster has a great program, we all do.
However, each troops program is different, my troop goes out over 50
days and nights camping, another troop does only backpacking, another
indian lore emphasis. The point is that the boy should visit several
troops and choose the troop where he is 1) welcomed, 2) has a program
that goes along with his interests and 3) has a size (large vs small)
that will suit his temperment.
The Scoutmaster of the Troop should of been recruiting the pack all
along instead of waiting for them to fall into his lap. If the Troop
is doing what it should then there would be a Den Chief or two to
let the boys know the boys in the Troop. There would also be a few
joint outings so the Webelos would see what boy scouts are like.
On the day that the Webelos visit the Troop, the boys should welcome
them with open arms and they should be continually hearing "I hope you
join the Troop". If the above occurs then there would be few of the
scouts that will join another troop, but there will be a few. If they
do not join then the Scoutmaster should write a letter to each boy and
tell them that if they change their mind, they would always be welcome
to join his Troop later.
I hope this is of some help.
Yours in Scouting,
Stephen Allan Mintz I used to be an Eagle ...
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