Dave Hultberg (dave.hultberg@PAONLINE.COM)
Tue, 12 Mar 1996 00:35:23 -0500
* In a message to SCOUTS-L on 3/11/96, Ed Schmitt said the following:
SLY> Yesterday while talking to a scoutmaster, discussing pack / troop
SLY> relationships, the scoutmaster felt that if a troop and pack were chartered
SLY> by the same organization, that the pack out of loyalty to the chartering
SLY> organization should encourage the Webelos to only join the troop attached
SLY> to the chartering organization, and not allow them to visit other troops in
SLY> the area. An additional comment made by the SM was that if you allowed
SLY> them to visit other troops, the boys would go to a troop with a relative,
SLY> friend, etc., and not to the troop the pack was affiliated with. He also
SLY> indicated that he has a good program. Your comments.
Several years ago when I was a Cubmaster, this attitude on the part of some
Troop Scouters used to infuriate me. I couldn't understand why troop
leaders couldn't be bothered to actively recruit my Webelos. Our pack
decided that each Webelos would be given the opportunity to visit at least
two different troops. We also "invited" ourselves to stay overnight at the
District Camporee. In short, the pack leadership became proactive to make
sure the boys got to make an intelligent choice. We also vowed that when
we moved on to a troop, we would make every effort to invite the Webelos to
troop activities. This was so important to me that I made it one of my Wood
Badge ticket items.
Today the top leadership of our troop has quite a few former Cub Scouters.
Besides myself as Advancement Chairman, my predecesor as Cubmaster is the
treasurer, the former Pack Committee Chairwoman two former Den Leaders are
Assistant Scoutmasters and one of my Webelos Leaders is now the Scoutmaster.
Our troop gets almost all of the Webelos from my former pack, but we don't
take it for granted that we have any rights to them. We have even steered
boys to another troop if our meeting night or anything else didn't appeal to
them. We would rather have them in another troop than lost to the program.
Yours in Scouting,
Advancement Chairman Troop 196 (sponsored by the Telephone Pioneers)
Former Cubmaster Pack 196 (sponsored by Sporting Hill Elementary PTO)
Keystone Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City