Re: Help - CM w/ son going to another Troop(long)
Norman J. MacLeod (gaelwolf@SSNET.COM)
Sun, 7 Apr 1996 09:03:02 -0400
Your problem is not all that uncommon, though it is a bit less common in that
you are the Cubmaster of a Pack that may have been traditionally "feeding" the
majority of the Webelos int the Troop sponsored by the same church.
As far as the Troop feeling they have some kind of "right" to your Webelos...
'Tain't so! The Webelos can bridge to ANY Troop they wish (although parents can
sometimes play a significant part in the decision...). Your Webelos should be
encouraged to move to the Troop of their choice. Even in the best of
situations, no two Troops are alike. Each has its own personality. The key is
for the Pack to help the Webelo (or Cub, in other countries) to find the best
If there are problems within the Troop itself, there is nothing to say that
Scouts cannot "vote with their feet" and move to another Troop that better
meets their needs. This is something that is not necessarily pointed out to
them by their present Leaders, and this is not information that is always mde
available to parents, either. We lose a lot of Scouts for this reason all over
What is going on in the Troop that your son is part of may be viewed as "part
of growing up" by the Scoutmaster, and it may very well be a valid point.
Howeer, there is something else that is part of growing up - and voting with
one's feet when one sees a vailid method of improving one's situation is a VERY
good thing to learn how to do! Does it apply in future life? CERTAINLY! If you
are stuck in a job you don't like, and a better one comes along, isn't it
useful to know that it can make a very positive change in life to make the
Let your son make the switch. There is nothing to lose by doing so, and he will
find a better Troop in which to move toward his personal goals.
You should at least provide a letter to the Troop Committee detailling the
reasons why your sons will be members of another Troop, with a copy provided to
the Chartering Organisation Representative who signs the Troop's charter. This
will give them the material they will need to be able to counsel the
Scoutmaster as to the reason their Troop just lost four present members and did
not gain as many new members as they otherwise might have. There is no excuse
for allowing bullying of any form to take place within a Scout Unit.
You actually have very few responsibilities to the Troop, although it may be
sponsored by the same church. Your responsibilitites are to the Cubs and
Webelos in your Pack, and for providing them with a balanced view of Scout
Troops in your area by encouraging them to visit each Troop that is in the
area, so that they can choose the one that best fits their personalitis and
needs. If you do this, more of your Cubs will stay in Scouting for longer - and
that's what we want to see.
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