Re: Troop Size and limitations
The Hammons family (hhammons@LAUSD.K12.CA.US)
Wed, 4 Feb 1998 15:13:47 -0800
There is only one legitimate reason to limit the size of a troop. That
is the Fire Marshall's regulations that govern maximum occupancy. We are
a troop of About 50 with an average attendance at meetings of 28 and
Events from 15 to 40. Yes there are limits on campsite and we sometimes
have to take more than one. (On one recent family camp, we had to take
7, 3 for the boys and 4 for the rest of the families). At Summer Camp
we've had to split into two sites (this with a turn-out of 18, it
conflicted with Summer School). Our troop is boy lead and given proper
adult support( E. G. letting him do his job and working around the edges
to re-enforce what he is trying to do), Our SPLs have handles meetings
of up to 40. Just make sure the boys create the basic program that they
want and there will be plenty of support and performance. It also
doesn't hurt if the program is varied enough to interest more adults.
Basically, we don't just do Backpacking, We don't just do Canoeing, We
don't just do Kayaking, We don't just do tailgates, We don't just do
climbing, We don't just do biking, We don't just go swimming(with water
hockey), We don't just go to Camporee or Summer Camp, We don't just go
to Amusement Parks, We do all of this and we have FUN!!!
Limit the Size, Bah Humbug!
The Cardiac Scoutmaster
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City