Re: Taking a folded Troop's boys
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Thu, 18 Sep 1997 12:21:36 -0400
Mike Sieber wrote, in part:
> I'm worried that adults from the folding Troop will bring their
> baggage with them....
> Has anyone ever delt with this or have any suggestions...?
Experience? No (thank goodness!), but that's never stopped me before!
First, I think it needs to be emphasized that you are inviting the
SCOUTS, and not necessarily their families, into your Troop. Absolutely,
the Scouts should be welcomed, IMHO.
Second, if the adults want to join as well, I agree that some caution is
in order. For BSA to accept the dissolution of a unit, there must have
been SERIOUS problems. Each should be checked (references, etc.) with at
least as much thoroughness as would be invested in a perfect stranger,
and perhaps a bit more. If there are unresolved questions, DON'T ACCEPT
the transfer! On the other hand, if you've got a good core of Scouters,
a transferee who might have been unchecked and a source of trouble in
the old troop might be buffered and guided to better behaviour in the
new. Also, I suspect there may be many who were entirely or largely
blameless, and should not be unfairly tarred with the same brush.
Steve on Cattail Creek
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City