Re: Intro and help.
Kent Wilkins (orange-eagle@JUNO.COM)
Mon, 9 Feb 1998 18:33:37 -0600
As stated in your post, and in numerous other posts over the last year,
people keep talking of
"feeder packs". I want to throw out a few remarks on this term and its
concept since it has
bothered me for a long time.
Why do people assume that all (or most) of the boys in a certain pack
should automatically join
a specific troop?? Even if the pack and troop are chartered by the same
The Cub Scout program was not designed to "churn out" Boy Scouts....it is
a seperate and complete
program in its own right. True, all of us diehards want to see every cub
become a Boy Scout, but we all
know that isnt going to happen. Cub aged kiddos USUALLY join a pack that
is chartered by their school
or church since that is where they have the most contact. While there
are some differences in the way
various packs organize and run activities...by and large one pack is
pretty much the same as another.
Aside from pinewood derbys (and its equilivents) and an occasional
outing, the basic program is dens
working with their leaders and parents.
In the Boy Scout program, there is a MARKED difference in troops. Some
emphasize backpacking, some
do more high adventure, some camp more than others, the areas that troops
use for their outdoor program vary,
and what happens at meetings is altogether different between troops.
Boys who are ready to bridge from cubs need to choose the troop in their
area that best fits THIER needs and
expectations rather than be" fed into" a troop not of their chosing. If
you build a successful troop program, the boys will come. Id rather have
a fewer number of boys that CHOSE my troop than a large number that were
manipulated into joining my troop. Kids change troops all the time,
based on their needs and sometimes their whims.......the important thing
is that they BE IN A TROOP...ANY TROOP... as opposed to not being a Scout
Just some ramblings from an ex-webelos leader and a current
ASM.........my opinions only....use at your own risk.
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