Norman J. MacLeod (gaelwolf@SSNET.COM)
Sun, 10 Mar 1996 19:53:55 -0500
If the Pack and the Troop are chartered by the same organisation, there
may be the HOPE that the Webelos might move on into that Troop, but I
would be suspect of any programme where the Scoutmaster felt the Troop
was somehow "owed" the graduating Webelos.
A Troop's programme needs to be strong enough to attract newcomers on
its own merits. The linking Cubs we are getting this year (fifteen or so
at last count) are coming to us for the following reasons (as stated by
themselves and their parents):
- Ours was the Troop that impressed them the most by coming to
the District's autumn Cub Fun Day and Webelos Camp to
help out - and provided the programme features that
were most enjoyable to them.
- Our Troop added them into the Patrols for whatever activity
was going on the night or the weekend they visited - and
they were treated just like any other Patrol member
whenever they came.
- They were impressed that the Scouts were running the activity
and Troop Night programmes.
- The parents were made to feel welcome whenever they visited as
well - and were encouraged to come visit us at any time.
We also invited them to participate in any weekend
activities they chose, either as visitors or helpers.
- The parents were VERY impressed that the Troop's programme is
laid out for three years in advance - two years in
outline, one year in activity plan, one to two months in
detail for both weekly meetings and other activities.
- The parents were impressed at the level of leadership and the
overall Troop structure and the Scouts' behaviour.
All this aside, we do not "expect" any Pack to encourage their Webelos
to come to us over any other particular Troop. We stand on our own feet.
The only problem with this is that we take a bit of "heat" on occasion
from some Scouters who have expectations of a certain Pack's Webelos
coming to their Troops...
We will never turn any newcomer from our door.
The Scoutmaster's point that children will wish to go where their
friends or relatives are is very telling. This is the way things SHOULD
be. If a Scout is happier to be with friends (and most are), that's
where the Scout SHOULD be if we expect to keep him or her in Scouting.
That this particular Troop with the hardline Scoutmaster would have a
good programme is not necessarily a given. If the programme was up to
what our Leaders here feel is an acceptable standard, then the SM would
not have to be so insistent that the affilliated Pack's Webelos not be
allowed to go anywhere else, now, would they?
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