Jess Olonoff (jolonoff@GATE.NET)
Mon, 11 Mar 1996 16:18:38 -0500
Ed Schmitt and all:
Most of what the SM stated is totally against the grain of everything I
have read or heard about boys getting ready to cross-over to Scouts.
The SM may by all means suggest and encourage the Webelos to join the
troop attached to their common chartering organization. Out of loyalty
perhaps if the Troop has shown loyalty to the Pack by supplying Den
Chiefs, helping with Family Camping, Blue & Gold etc. etc. But just
because they share the same building? I don't see that as anything other
that convenience. If the Troop is an excellent group I see no problem
with suggesting the boys continue on there.
Not allowing the boys is not in your charter, not in your perogative, and
not your call. You do not have this right!
Many times boys will go to troops with with a relative, friend, etc.,
But, they probably had already known about the Troop and a simple trip
to a meeting might serve to only confirm their desire. It might also
serve to convince the boy to stay where he is. It can work both ways.
Coercion in any form is not the Scout way. Have the troop prove to your
boys they have the best program around. That is how it should work and
the only fair way this should be done.
Jess Olonoff, CM Pack-206 | Eagle - 1970, T-10 Tulsa, Okla.
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