Re: What makes a Quality Troop
Ron Raab-Long (raablong@VOICENET.COM)
Tue, 21 Oct 1997 08:49:20 -0500
Todd A Kottke wrote:
> We are looking for you opinions on what you feel makes a troop quality.
> Please be honest and open.
I believe there are several necessities for a quality troop.
1. Adult leadership that likes each other and gets along well. Yes, I know
the troop is supposed to be "boy run." But no troop will function well if
are bickering, running their own agendas, or just trying to play
one-upmanship. Adults must set the example!
2. The CC must be willing to make hard choices when it comes to adult
volunteers. No Scoutmaster should have to put up with co-leaders that
refuse to wear the uniform, won't go to training, or those that do not
set the example in their cleanliness, personal habits, or personal ethics.
3. A quality troop must be willing to allow the boys to fail - then
teach them what went wrong.
4. A quality unit doesn't run back to Mom & Dad whenever the boys make a
mistake. Scouting is a safe haven. Minor discipline problems should be
handled within the troop. If it gets out of hand, or is serious, then
the parents should be brought in. Telling Mommy that Johnny was a bad
boy will create ill will between you, the Scout, and his parents.
5. Boy leaders must be taught what their job is -- then held accountable
for that job. Don't give out titles, provide leadership opportunities.
6. KISMIF. (Keep It Simple - Make It Fun)
7. Never fail to keep the Outing in Scouting. Provide a year round
program that is a lot more than just a night school. Every meeting should be
in preparation for an outdoor activity.
8. Never forget that some boys will never make Eagle. These boys aren't
failures. They will still remember the Scout Oath and Law when they're
old and gray. Their time in the troop is just as precious as your most
driven Scout. At SMF training last week, one of our staff members told
a story about doing a service project at a local retirement home. When
the boys walked in, a 93 year old gentleman stood up from his wheelchair,
gave the Scout sign, and recited the Scout Oath. He went on to say he was a
Scout in 1928, and had only made it to Second Class. No one can say this
man was a failure in Scouting.
9. Teach the outdoor code, and follow it at all times.
10. Always remember your purpose in Scouting. You are there to serve
the boys by following the eight methods of the Scouting program while
keeping in mind the aims of Scouting. There is no better way for you to
serve your child, your community, and your God, than giving service to our
IMHO, if you keep these ten items in your heart, you can't help but have a
truly, quality troop.
Yours in Scouting,
Two Bays District, Dover, Delaware DelMarVa Council
District Recognition Dinner Chairman Used to be a Bobwhite, NE-VI-35
Boy Scout Training Coordinator Problem Captain, Delaware OM
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