Re: Limiting Troop Size
Michael Salvetti (msalvett@LINKNET.KITSAP.LIB.WA.US)
Tue, 3 Feb 1998 10:05:23 -0800
On Sat, 31 Jan 1998, Jeff or Debby Stowers wrote:
> 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.
For a new troop the growth rate is great and you are doing a great job in
recriuting new scouts. When I started to read all the rules for joining
the troop I was shocked. I think that the committee as over step its
boundaries with what national policy says on joining boy scouts. The
committees job is to provide support for the troop not run the troop.
Thats the job for the boys let them run it.
They have forgotten that boy scouting is for everyone not just for the
very few and selected and thats what they are doing.
If they do decide to vote it in ( I hope they do not ) they will certainly
end up killing the troop. The word will spread that nobody can join this
troop so don't waste your time. You certainlly what to ask them if they
have thought of this and take a real hard look at what they are doing.
As for as the troop program becoming degraded. I don't think so. What they
really need to do is get more help from adults. Just ask on a one to one,
eye ball to eye ball for help. That works and they will get adults.
>From reading your thread thats seems to be the main problem with the
committee. To few people doing to many things and the fear of asking for
help. If they do not ask they could have more problems than they have now.
I hope this helps and good luck.
May the scouting spirit live long and prosper
Michael Salvetti I have done so much with so
Troop 1541 little for so long, I can
Committee Member now do everything with nothing.
Eagle Dad 1997
Chief Seattle Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City