Youth Leadership for New Troop
Ronald W. Fox (us018956@POP3.INTERRAMP.COM)
Fri, 23 Aug 1996 18:09:16 PDT
I have mentioned previously that I am starting a new Troop
in February. Last week, the Park District that sponsors our
Pack agreed to do this. Now comes the myriad problems of
organizing. I seek the wisdom of the list on the issue of youth
leadership for the new Troop.
On the one hand, I have been advised to approach Troops in the
area to see if they wish to lend me a couple of older Scouts. They
will have the knowledge base that my new Scouts will lack, and will
set the tone of youth leadership for them, so that we start out
boy-led and the adults don't have to intervene too much. This will
make sure that the new Scouts understand that they are no longer
Cub Scouts any more.
On the other hand, I have been advised recently that borrowing
leadership from another Troop could stunt our internal development
of leaders, and could cause the new Scouts to fail to buy-in to
the program, since it is run by unfamiliar people. The new Scouts
also might migrate to the Troops that these older boys come from,
since it is likely they'll be better organized and have a better
What do you think, folks?
Cubmaster, Pack 69
Scheduled to be Scoutmaster, Troop 69 as of 2/97.
Des Plaines Valley Council (W & SW Chicago Suburbs)
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