Don't Limit Troop Size
Kelly Parker (r13867@EMAIL.SPS.MOT.COM)
Tue, 3 Feb 1998 14:40:04 -0700
For Debbie Stowers in Texas and others--
I read your post about limiting the size of the troop, and I have to
agree with you--I would be very uncomfortable about the whole thing.
We have two Packs in my part of the city. They each serve one public
school and one Catholic school as their main base for membership.
Additional members come from nearby public, private, and charter schools
that don't have a Pack. Pack A has always had a philosophy of "Come on
in--join the party". Pack B has, over the past 5 years, always answered
people with "We'll let you know if there's room".
Pack A currently has 60+ boys, with 15-20 registered leaders. Pack B
has 15 boys, and 3-4 leaders, and is afraid they are going to die out.
They can't find any new boys.Your troop may soon find that getting the
"minimum of 4 Webelos" is not possible.
For all of your adults, congratulate yourselves on the fine job you
are doing. If you are growing, it is because you are delivering the
program and the Promise. This is the TRUE measure of a good unit--that
boys like it so much they come back and bring friends. Nothing else
means as much.
So, what if you get to 50? Each of those boys will have a parent or
two, and some of them will help increase your supply of adult leaders.
For leaders who aren't comfortable with so many, have them work with
small groups on skills, or MBs, or as a new patrol.
Maybe those adults will meet some new friends, learn some new skills,
and have even more fun.
Ask the committee to reflect on the parable of the loaves and
fishes. Two chunks of bread and a few tiny fish fed the multitude, and
there were basketfuls of leftovers. In our case, we get to take the
leftovers home--the thanks and laughter and pride in boys growing into
good young men.
CM, Pack 43 COR,Troop 110 MC, GSUSA Junior/Brownie Troop
Firebird District Camelback
Grand Canyon Council Cactus-Pine Council
Phoenix, AZ "I used to be an Eagle "
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City