Re: Troop help needed
Thu, 27 Feb 1997 20:06:42 +0000
This is the second of three replies I'm posting addressing how to get a unit
"restarted", based on my experiences in having to do it several times over.
This is what the VOLUNTEERS need to do, before, during and after the
reorganization of the unit:
First, the "organizer" of the unit (it could be you, Colonel Ron, since the
Church asked you to lead that effort; or it could be someone else wanting
to assume that role) needs to survey all of the adults that want to work
with the new unit. Not only are you looking at those adults you know from
the Pack, but also other adults from the Church and from the neighborhood.
Remember that a unit, no matter how small, can never have too many leaders
or too few Committeemembers.
There should be a meeting with all of those adults interested in working
with the new unit, at which the Chartered Organizational Representative can
explain the Church's "rules and policies" to everyone at one shot. At this
same meeting, everyone can finally sit down and figure out who is going to
take on which roles within the unit.
Those new Scouters should either commit to participate in Scoutmaster
Fundamentals or take SF as soon as possible before or right after the
unit's charter is signed. Get on a good footing and take the training, so
that you will be in a better position to coach and train those youth
leaders which are the REAL leaders of the Troop.
The first meeting should be full of activity and excitement....for both the
Church and the Troop. If the Church has been doing their part, they will
have been publicizing the new reorganization...but don't just depend on
them to do it all....your adult and youth volunteers need to do your OWN
PR campaign...posters, word-of-mouth, with an emphasis on what Scouting IS
about, not about "what we are planning". This avoids the problem with
"overselling the program" and allows you to "deliver the promise" of
Scouting to those new Scouts and their parents.
Right away, have the youth to elect their own "group leaders". Don't call
them Patrols, yet....you need to let them work together for a bit (about a
couple of meetings) before you "scare them" with the concept of "Patrol and
Troop leadership". Borrow some youth leadership from another Troop to
server as "interim Senior Patrol Leader" and Assistant. If you can't
borrow leaders from another Troop, then rotate the "Troop leader " and
"assistant Troop leader" positions between the leaders of the two "groups".
Again, your role is to get them to come to the meetings, and THEN to do
some organization and THEN to train your youth leadership to run things.
It also gives your youth a chance to be confortable with the idea of
leadership, a new concept even for the WEBELOS Cub Scouts coming to your
new Troop. A Patrol Leader is very different from a Denner.
Finally, don't forget to continue to attend Roundtables and other training
courses and to plan that first campout. That first campout should be a
"matchup" trip idealy with another Troop so that the new Scouts can see how
a Troop can operate (not neccessarily well, but so they get the idea).
By this point, your adult leadership should be training your youth
leadership and they should be in their own "space", doing those great
things that youth leaders should be doing!
Finally, the next posting addresses things that the PROFESSIONAL(S)
and/or the COMMISSIONER working with your unit should be doing.
before, during, and after the reorganization.
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Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City