Re: Scoutmaster Problem
Timothy J O'Leary (tjo@CPTCHR.AFIP.MIL)
Wed, 16 Jul 1997 19:59:28 -0700
Not liking your son's unit is one reason to start a new one, but it is not
nearly enough to make it worth the effort. In most places, there are lots
of units to choose from.
In my opinion, the only things which make it worth starting a unit are
that there is a group of boys who can be brought into Scouting with the
new unit, because none of the existing units meet a particular need.
Troops have personalities - the personality of the troop must be
compatible with the personality of the boy. The second reason hat one
might start a new troop is because it significantly enhances the youth
program of the chartered organization; often, these two reasons are
If a troop doesn't fill a special "ecological niche" in the local
community, it will usually fail when the founders move on.
If you found a new unit, please plan to stick around with it for the next
six to ten years; it often takes that long to recruit and develop the
adult leaders necessary to support the troop after the founders have left
town - particularly if you are trying to "compete" with 25 and 50 year old
On the other hand, if there really is a need to be filled - go for it!
It's worth the effort (been there - done that - twice....).
Tim O'Leary, CC Troop 772, NCAC, etc....
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City