checking out scout troops
Kim Moye (kmoye@SPDMAIL.SPD.DSCCC.COM)
Tue, 15 Oct 1996 08:51:18 -0500
My guys will be crossing over to Boy Scouts at the beginning of March, so we
have started checking out different troops. One of the troops we visited
is new and is formed of previous Webelos. Since we have two second year
Webelos, it's twelve boys that are looking for a troop. We outnumbered this
new troop when we visited. My assistant is a Eagle and former Scoutmaster.
We discussed the pro's and con's of joining a new troop (able to be a "big
fish faster with responsibilities vs still not boy run, etc).
What made the boys decide they did not want to join this troop was the fact
that boys get "demerits" for misconduct. If they get x number of demerits,
they are not allowed to participate in the upcoming troop events such as
camping, field trips, etc.
Is this common in troops? This is now one of the questions we raise when
we visit. The boys (and parents) don't like the idea of the boy having to
miss a scout function. We agree that if the boy misbehaves, he may be
removed from a function in progress, but don't feel that revoking Scout
activities is a valid option depending on the behaviour. We also agree that
if the boy was acting up on a camp-out but the parents were not notified,
the boy may need to be kept from the next camp-out as a "wake up call", but
demerits for talking and not paying attention seems harsh.
Of course, this is why you visit different troops, to find the match that
you're looking for!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City