Re: Fw: Breaking up a large(esque) troop (Explorer Post Option)
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Wed, 20 Aug 1997 17:52:57 -0500
I would second Robert Amick's remarks. I am Scoutmaster of Troop 33 and
Advisor of Post 333. The relationship between a Troop and Post can be
complimentary. It is yet another opportunity to offer our older boys and
might help to keep them more interested in Scouting for a longer period of
I believe that an Explorer Post offers more potential than a Varsity
Team. We conduct a Venture Program within our troop as well.
Our Post as well as our Troop has a high adventure tradition that helps
maintain higher retention of both youth and leaders.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33, Advisor Post 333; DeKalb, Illinois
On Tue, 19 Aug 1997, Amick Robert wrote:
> We have had an Explorer Post associated with our Scout Troop for 17 years
> and it has been highly successful in keeping older Scouts involved. I
> In Exploring, Explorers can belong to more than one post if they choose.
> In traditional Scout troops they may only join one unit.
> Exploring also answers the difficult problem for the 18-21 year olds who
> can no longer be youth members in troops or teams, at age 18, but can
> remain as Explorers until they turn 21. Venture and Varsity cannot meet
> this need.
> The main goal is keep the older Scouts involved in Scouting. Our
> approach has been proven to be highly sucessful in preventing this loss.
> It is important to realize that if you cannot provide a challenging and
> interesting program for teenagers, you will lose them to other highly
> competitive non-Scouting venues, so the time and effort involved in
> supporting a Post will pay off in far more ways than you can imagine.
> Because we operate the troop and post jointly with one troop/post
> committee, administration is very easy and shared resources and leadership
> are highly complementary.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City