Re: How to Decide Which Troops to Visit
Glenn E Schwartzberg (gschwartz@EARTHLINK.NET)
Tue, 11 Jun 1996 14:58:32 -0400
At 14:14 06/11/96 -0400, you wrote:
>This is a question for all of you WDLs that have bridged your boys to
What's a reasonable number
>of troops for a Webelos Den to visit?
>I will, of course, visit the troop sponsored by our pack's CO. But after
>that, I'm not sure. As their leader, I feel I owe it to the boys (and
>parents) to visit troops that have good programs and not base our visits
>merely on where their friends are going.
>Am I making this more of an issue than it is? Will I find that SMs only
>take Webelos from just a few specific packs? Just call all 8 SMs and see
>what they say? Any other words of wisdom?
>Kem White, Webelos Leader, Flaming Arrows Den
>Pack 692, Baltimore Area Council - National Pike District
>Nentico Lodge | >>>------> |
If you call all 8 scoutmasters there is a good chance that you will get 8
invatations to visit the troop. There are a number of things you can do.
1. Visit all 8 as a group. A time consuming effort but you see 8 different
2. Find out about the troop programs over the phone, discuss the programs
with the scouts and parents and pick a subset to visit.
3. Have 2 scouts/parents visit each troop and report back to the rest of the
4. Pick the 3 closest units and visit them.(give a list of all of the units
to the parents and let them visit the rest if they want)
5. Call the scout office or District commissioner to find out aabout the
units and make dicisions from there (pict the most active)
There are lots of options available, and remember that one troop may not be
the best for all of the boys. Also, the decision of a troop should not be
made from one visit. I've seen troops put on a special program to impress
Webelos while the rest of the time meetings are terrible(or just the
opposite. In a boy run troop not all meetings are wonderful). Once you've
visited the troops you want to, there are a few more things you can do. Ask
if the Webelos can go on an outing with the troop and see how the troop
interacts in the great outdoors. Also since you are starting early(a great
thing to do) after visiting with the troops see if you can get a Den Chief
from one of them. He becomes a friend of the Webelos and when they
transition over to the troop they now know someone there.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City