Re: Starting a new troop
Gary Burkhardt (garyb8@IDT.NET)
Thu, 4 Jun 1998 10:50:14 -0400
Even though I am well aware of the "numbers" that the professionals
require, I am not usually in favor of Cub Scout Leaders starting
a new troop. This is usually because they want to maintain the
leadership that they had as Cub Scout Leaders.
However, each situation must be judged separately.
> There is one pack (~70 boys) and one troop (~12 boys). The troop does
> very little with the pack (the numbers reflect this).
There is certainly a problem with recruitment in this troop and
possibly a new troop is the answer. But, there is something to look
out for. The Cub Scout Program is run by the adults. The Boy Scout
Program is run by the boys. I was in a similar situation and became
the Troop Committee Chairman of a new troop. The uniform leaders did
not believe that the boys were capable of running the troop so they
made all the decisions. I was asked to leave because my viewpoint was
not in line the the other leaders. I left but allowed my son to stay.
Of course I showed my son another troop which did a better job of
following the program. He decided to transfer to the new troop since
"he couldn't advance in the troop he was in". Since that time the
troop I had started has folded.
If a new troop is started our of graduating Webelos, there are no
older boys to lead the program. The adults must let their Scouts
who were only Webelos the week before, run their own program. It will
be very difficult for the former Cub Scout Leaders to step back and
allow the boys to make mistakes, but that is what they will have to
do in order to develop a boy run program which is essential to the
success of a troop.
Gary Burkhardt, a good old owl and staffer, too
District Commissioner (I care, I'm here to help, what can I do for you?)
Scoutmaster, T179 West Islip, NY
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