Re: Back to School Night
Ian N Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Tue, 29 Jul 1997 21:33:42 +0100
Jim mentions " unit shopping " and I think that has its advantages ...
I know some kids who have tried several Packs or troops before they found
one where they could settle.
I have had kids transfer to other groups - on Cub Pack I was with met on
the same night as the borough swimming club, and when boys were promoted
to the senior squad they had a conflict. So I encouraged them to transfer
to another Pack. (That is why we never won the Swimming Gala ! )
Scouts will recruit Scouts ... if you have a good program and the members
feel comfortable they will bring their friends.
When I had Scouts who were losing interest I would try to find out why,
and if they had problems with conflicting activities, or there were
personality conflicts I would suggest they should talk to friends and
maybe try another troop ... and if they preferred it they could move with
my blessing. Likewise, because mine was the only Air Scout troop locally
I had some boys who would transfer in because of our specialization.
As Leaders we need to remember that we can only deliver our character
building program to kids who stay in Scouting ... so I never regarded a
kid who joined another unit as " lost " - he was still in the Movement
and still benefitting from the program.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City