Too successful too fast?? (long)
Ken Sander (ksander@INU.NET)
Sat, 13 Sep 1997 13:07:48 -0600
I know some of you may think I am bragging or something when you read
this, but I honestly am not; my troop has real problem. Too much
growth, too fast.
Some of you may remember that I joined this list in April when I was
asked to be Scoutmaster for a dying troop. Only four boys, no adult
leaders except one, and not much future potential. I wrote again in
July, saying that I had found a great SPL and taken 12 boys to camp.
Your comments were encouraging and helpful.
As of this date, 13 Sep 97, we now have 46 boys registered in Troop 54,
with a couple more who have expressed an interest. Now, I am ecstatic
about that, really. We are an active troop, with campouts each month
plus other activities like flag-raising at home high school and junior
high football games and other high-profile community events. I will also
admit that, as a high schoool/middle school teacher, I have an advantage
when it comes to contact with boys.
So, here are my problems and questions:
1) We thought we had enough camping equipment, but we dont. We also
dont have much money in the troop after we paid for registration and
uniforms for several boys who could not otherwise afford it. We plan do
the popcorn sales this fall and some other fund-raising events, but my
question is, can we solicit coporate donations/grants from local
businesses? Is there some BSA national policy about this? If not, how
would you suggest we go about this?
2) We are also experiencing a lack of adult leadership. We have three
Assistant Scoutmasters. One has recently moved to Missouri (RASCAL, COME
HOME! : ]), one is a Canadian Scout who will only be here until January,
and the other is one the kids kind of are afraid of. (He does a good
job, but can be kind of intimidating.) Several parents have expressed
interest in joining the committee (we have about 15 on the committee)
but I need some help at the weekly meetings! Suggestions?
3) I have not had time to train my junior leaders. My SPL is a Star
scout and has net been trained, although he does a great job anyway. but
I dont have any patrol leaders past Tenderfoot! I have had to add new
patrols almost weekly for the last month or so, and one of my patrol
leaders is VERY new to scouting, and only joined two weeks ago. (I know
this kid from school and church, he is in 8th grade and is very
responsible or I would not have ever considered making him PL
immediately.) I bought the Scoutmaster's Junior Leader Training Kit, but
when the heck can I do this??? Time is a premium for both me and the
4) Our meeting place is getting a little cramped. We are sponsored by
the Lion's Club and are very satisfied with them, but their place is
That's it. PLEASE send some suggestions or comments!
Scoutmaster, Troop 54
Three Rivers Council, Texas
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City