Re: WARNING: First Class in One Year may lead to Weak Eagles (lo
Benjamin Pharr (ben_pharr@GEOCITIES.COM)
Sun, 21 Dec 1997 16:26:25 -0600
Peter K Kennon wrote:
> I agree with Mr. Gerlach. If a troop takes the time to layout lessons
> for every week and every camp out that don't just cover the requirements
> but go somewhat into them the First Class First Year works. The key, I
> think, is properly trained Troop Guides.
> The Troop Guide position is the most important position in the troop.
> The Troop Guide does not only have to lead, but they must understand
> fully every requirement in the book. They must not only be able to teach
> enough for the scouts to sign off the requirement, but they must be able
> to answer the scouts questions about WHY?
> The guidelines we have in our troop for troop guide are as follows:
> 1. Must be at least 15 yrs. old.
> 2. Must have completed the rank of Eagle Scout.
> 3. Must have served as SPL.
> 4. Must be willing to come to every meeting and every event.
> 5. Must be a first responder.
> 6. When 17 must become red cross cert. as a CPR instructor.
> 7. Be able to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing.
> 8. GPA must be at least 2.70
> In our troop we will only have 8 scouts per troop guide. If we only have
> 1 troop guide we will only let 8 scouts into our troop, by way of
> Peter K Kennon
> ICQ: 606143 firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm glad that works for your troop, but I don't know of any other troops
that can do that. To me, it seems you've got the requirements a tad
strict. True, your troop will have the best troop guides around, but how
many poeple like that will you find?
The age requirement is a good thing. The Eagle requirement isn't that
bad, if you have a large supply of them as ya'll obivously do. I could
live with the SPL requirment as well. And yes, the troop guide should be
able to communicate well. The rest of your requirements seem a little
too much to me.
Every meeting? First Responder? CPR instructor? 2.70? That's not a troop
guide. Just add x-ray vision and you could call him Superman. :-)
If this system works for your troop, then definitely keep at it. I wish
our troop could require things like that. If you're having trouble
finding troop guides, then you might want to consider losing a few od
the requirements. But like I said, if ya'll can require that, then keep
up the good work.
Former Troop Guide
Does't Fit The Requirements :-)
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