How to decide which Troops to visit
Barry C Runnels (Barry_C_Runnels@MMACMAIL.JCCBI.GOV)
Tue, 11 Jun 1996 10:05:14 CST
Kem, you ask a good question. For the last 3 years as Cub Master, I
asked all my 2nd year Webelos and parents to visit a minimum of 4
Troops. I wanted them to see the different styles in Troop Programs
(and there are a lot) so they could find the Troops that fits their
desires the best.
What I found was the Den Leader has full control of where these boys
will go. The parents will be looking for your wisdom and direction on
each Troop's program and if they liked you, they will trust your
decision for their boys.
I found the boys are going one of two ways. They will either follow
where the Den Leader thinks they should go as a group or they will go
with their friends when the Den Leader does not push for any Troop.
Each year I talk with the Webelos before crossover to find out what
they like in Troops and usually they commented on the neat places the
Troop visits or the games they played the night they visited. The game
made a very big impression.
My favorite oldest son's Troop of 20 Scouts three months ago, now has
46 Scouts. When I asked the new group why they chose us over 6 other
Troops, the Den Leaders said they like the small Troop atmosphere and
the boys said they like the Colorado summer camp trip the Troop is
going on this year. The parents repeated what the Den Leader said. So
much for the small Troop. It has been a difficult 3 months but we are
getting there. I think next year the Troop will try to be a little
more boring during Webelo visits.
This summer, talk to people and determine what kind of Troop you want
to be in (Boy run, adult run, strict, lose, big, small) and look at
each Troop. Ask the parents to go with you on each visit so they are
in the decision process and explain what you want for your boys. Visit
the Troops on a typical meeting night. Get a feel for their PLC. Talk
to the Senior Patrol Leader. If you don't like what you see, start a
new Troop, we did.
Good Luck and have fun
Cub Master "Mighty" Pack 339
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City