Re: checking out scout troops
Rob Morley (Rmorley@STATE.MA.US)
Tue, 15 Oct 1996 10:58:39 -24000
I know we have covered this before, so I will be brief.
1. I Dissagree with demerits. It sounds too much like a military school.
(No offense to the miliatry-types). Scouts is supposed to be something the
scouts WANT to come to. I know of one troop that does a "Three Strikes your
out" policy. They give every scout three strikes. If they get three
strikes, they are sent home (with youth protection guidelines followed).
2. In my troop we recently had a problem with a couple of scouts. The
committee chair and I spoke with the scouts and their parents, and identified
problems that we saw during the camping trip. Additionally, we told them
that if this behavior continued on the next camping trip, we would require
the parents to come and remove their child from the event. I think this
acted as a "Wake-up Call' to both the scouts and the parents.
In regard to Looking for scout troops, keep in my that the more you see the
better off you will be. (it rythmes :) ) Each troop was its own style, or
format. Some my be boy-run, while others may be boy-run, and committee
planned, while other may be committee planned and run. Each webelo and his
parents need to decide where they think he will be most comfortable. The
webelo den does not have to move en masse to one troop.
Yours in Scouting,
Old Colony Council
Eagle Scout '82
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City