Limiting Troop Size
Jeff or Debby Stowers (stowers@ALTINET.NET)
Sat, 31 Jan 1998 05:27:01 -0600
My son is a Star Scout and my husband is an Eagle Scout, former and future
Cubmaster, a Unit Commissioner and ASM in a troop that was organized and
chartered just last summer. The troop has grown rapidly and the committee
is proposing capping the size of the membership. My husband is
uncomfortable with the idea of denying the opportunity of scouting to any
We need the wisdom of all you Scouters out there concerning proposed rule
changes to our troop's bylaws limiting the membership. Listed below are the
1) A maximum of 34 active boy scouts is allowed in the troop. This
provides 5 patrols of 6 scouts each and 4 leadership scouts.
2) A minimum of 4 new graduating webelos scouts is permitted per year
regardless of Troop size. This allows the infusion of "new blood"
regardless of troop size.
3) Membership is available for graduating webelos scouts on a
first-come, first-served basis during a "new members" window from March
1st to April 30th (2 months).
4) Older boys not currently in Scouting may be allowed to join at any
time during the year, provided that space is available (i.e., current
troop membership is not at the cap).
5) Siblings of current active (or former?) members are exempt from the
6) Continued membership for existing troop members is based on
monitoring the scout's activity in a 3 month rolling window. This is
intended to prohibit an inactive troop member from keeping potential new
scouts out of the troop. The boy scout must attain 33% of the meetings
within the last 3 months. The boy scout attend at least one campout per
quarter. Extensions of the period for camping will be made if a month
does not include a camp out.
7) If a scout is judged inactive by the above criteria, the Scoutmaster
will make a personal phone call to assess the scout's situation. The
Scoutmaster and SPL will offer to visit with the inactive scout. The
scout is then monitored for a one month probation period to determine if
attendance satisfies minimum criteria. If the scout is still inactive
by the above criteria after the one month probationary period, he will
be removed from the rolls and notified of that action.
8) After evaluating an inactive scout's personal situation, the
Scoutmaster may exempt the boy scout from the above activity
requirements if appropriate.
9) Eagle Scouts are exempt from the activity criteria.
The rationale which is being used for these proposed changes is that the
troop size could potentially reach as high as 50 scouts over the next 2 to 3
months and key committee members feel that if the troop grows any larger
with the current level of active adult leadership, the quality of the
program provided would be significantly degraded.
While the concerns of the committee are valid, the idea of denying a scout
program to those boys who desire to join our troop is very troubling to us.
Please don't flame me, I am seeking your wisdom and advice.
Wife of Eagle Scout Jeff, Mom of Star Scout Sawyer ,Junior Girl Scout Casey,
and future Scout Sam
Junior Girl Scout Troop 1200 - Rowlett, TX
Rowlett Girl Scouts
Tejas Girl Scout Council
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