Re: Taking a folded Troop's boys
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Thu, 18 Sep 1997 11:29:45 -0500
Hi Beaver Mike!
You asked us all:
> I received a phone call last night from the Troop Committee
>Chair of the folding Troop, asking me if our Troop would 'adopt' their
>Scouts. I told him that there would be no argument from me, they were
> Now I'm unsure about my invitation... With the Scouts come
>their parents, and *their* problems.
> 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...?
I served as a Senior Patrol Leader of a "combined Troop" for longer than a
year, and as Scoutmaster of that same Troop years later, we "merged" a
neighboring Troop into ours.
There are some things that you need to AVOID doing:
*putting the "new boys" immediately over into "the rest of the Troop".
If they have an existing Patrol stucture, keep that structure intact until
at least four to six months after the "merger" takes place. In this way,
parents and youth don't "lose leadership tenure" and are not more confused
with the change than they need to be.
*pairing up the existing Troop staff with the "gaining Troop staff".
There's only ONE Senior Patrol Leader, and unfortunately, the SPL of the
troop coming over needs to hand over his SPL badge; however, there's NOTHING
that says that you cannot have three Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders for
that four to six month period as long as you carve out the supervision and
responsibilities between all four Scouts. The rest of the Troop staff can
work together so that the "new officer" has a feel for the way that *your
Troop* does things.
*pairing up the existing Troop Committee with the "gaining Troop committee"
in the same way. There's again only ONE Troop Committee chair but he or she
can ALWAYS use the help of the former Troop Committee Chair from the other
troop as a Co-Chair for that same four to six month period. The other
members should work with their counterparts within the your Troop and
exchange information and resources.
*"Let By-Gones be By-Gones". This is the major problem that results in a
consolidation, whether its a unit or District or Council one. Everyone
wants to vent out their frustrations at being "merged into" the new unit.
The way that we've solved it was to have two meetings with both youth by
themselves along with the Scoutmaster and Assistants and a separate meeting
with the parents and committeemembers....all of the "outstanding issues"
need to be vented out then and there and as our Troop Committee Chair
stated, "Okay. We all know what the problems were. From this point on, this
is a new unit. We'll work hard to resolve all of the concerns from ALL of
the members (parents) here, and we will move onward from this point." He
asked that everyone refrain from "bringing up what happened" in the previous
unit, because there's nothing we can do about it and we're now together in
this "new unit".
*Modify the PROGRAM to accommodate the new members. Just like you would
modify the program for a new group of WEBELOS Cub Scouts that enter your
Troop, you will need to modify your Troop's program for the new Scouts that
have come into your Troop. Note please, Mike, that I've stated
"MODIFY"...not CHANGE. The Troop's youth leadership's program should
continue as planned and approved...but the content of the program should be
revised to allow for those other Scouts that may be "slower" in skills (or
"faster in skills") than your Troop's members.
After that first four to six months, then it's time to take a look at what
worked, what didn't and what resolutions can be done. Perhaps by that time,
your Troop is ready for a Venture Crew for the older boys or a
reorganization/naming of Patrols to allow for more "natural Patrols" to be
made. Also, your Troop's leadership needs to be changed to allow all
members of your Troop...now that they know "the ropes here"....to run for
and lead the Patrols and the Troop. The same needs to be done as far as the
adults that serve on your Troop's Committee.
Some ideas.....hope it helps out! Please let us all know the progress of
your merged Troop, Mike!
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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