Re: Troop help needed
Thu, 27 Feb 1997 21:03:34 +0000
This is the final part of my three-part post answering Colonel Ron's
question about how to go about reorgnizing a Troop. The other two
posts addressed the roles that the chartered organization (the Church)
has to play and the roles of the adults and youth volunteer leaders...
This one addresses those tasks that the volunteer Commissioner and
the professional(s) District Executive (team) should be doing.
Note that Colonel Ron stated that his District's Executive has resigned
shortly before this situation came up. In my reply, I am still including
those things that the DE should be doing....which could be done by an
experienced volunteer or another professional member from some other Distirct.
Hopefully, your Executive will have talked with the Church in the past
about the status of the Pack and the possibility of organizing a Troop. If
he or she hasn't done that, then it's a good time to nudge him or her or to
ask the unit's commissioner to do this. During the discussion, the
commissioner/professional needs to re-establish three key goals: to insure
that the chartering body understand the relationship between the BSA and
the Church in this case; that the chartering body understands the
importance of appointing a competent Chartered Organizational
Representative; and finally letting the Church know what kind of resources
are available through the local Council, the Region and nationally.
The Church needs to understand those three things in order to develop their
part of a quality program.
Closer to the day of organization, the Commissioner needs to meet with the
organizer (which may be you or someone else whom you know) and outline
something upcoming events and activities that the new Troop may be involved
in. The Commissioner and /or professional is going to also meet with the
assembled new adult leadership, introduce the Youth Protection Program tape
and conduct an orientation of the Troop Operations Plan with the new adult
leadership. Finally, the Professional/Commissioner is going to either
introduce him/herself to the unit's youth as their new Commissioner or
introduce the new Comissioner. The youth and adults as well as parents need
to know where their source of support and information can be found and who
that person is.
Afterwards, that Commissioner/Professional is going to be stopping in to
insure that the youth and adult leadership receieve the appropriate
training and to have enough information as to make informed decisions about
upcoming programming opportunities. Finally, that same
Commissioner/Professsional is responsible for presenting the Charter to the
Church and the members of the unit, and in presenting the first membership
cards to the adults and youth members of the reorganized Troop.
Note that all three of these things are done "in tamdem", and not as
exclusive circles which doesn't impact each other. The Church has the
responsibility for taking inventory and insuring that they can support the
new unit; the professional/commissioner has the responsibility for
informing the chartered partner of their obligations and responsibilites as
well as to training and coaching the new adult and youth leadership. The
adult volunteers have the responsibility for insuring enough adult support,
for understanding and agreeing to the chartered partner's particular rules
and parameters, and for taking the training and coaching neccessary to
coach the youth of the new unit.
Finally, ALL THREE PARTIES have the role of insuring that the new unit
meets the standards of the Church and the BSA; those adults have met the
adult leadership standards of the Church and BSA; and those youth
understand that belonging to the Troop is a voluntary and special event in
Hope this helps out, Colonel Ron. There's a "Ten Steps to Successful Troop
Operation" sheet which is available from your local Council and in which
I've covered in more detail in these three postings; there's also a New
Troop Kit which your local Council have lots of (it's a standard set of
forms, booklets and sheets designed to lead the new Organizer through each
part of the step of creating a new unit) and finally, there's a Organizer
lapel pin to present to the Organizer(s) of the new unit upon chartering.
It's a super recognition piece, one of the oldest that the BSA has.
Thanks for asking...I hope that others can add onto to what I've stated
here, because I'm sure that there's something or another I've left out....
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