Re: Starting a new troop
Robin Toomey (arrowt@JUNO.COM)
Fri, 5 Jun 1998 13:16:00 -0500
I beg to differ with you.
On Thu, 4 Jun 1998 10:50:14 -0400 Gary Burkhardt <garyb8@IDT.NET> writes:
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.
I for one will GLADLY let the boys take over. I know they will be able
to handle it because I will have helped teach them how while they are
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.
Yes right now we do run the program but when our boys bridge THEY will
run the program. BSA has said that is the way it should be and they have
more experience than I do. If the leadership of the troop you were in
had a problem running the program, according to BSA standards, that is
the problem of the troop leaders, IN THAT TROOP. That doesn't mean
others who are willing to follow BSA guidelines can't or shouldn't start
>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.
There is not an active troop within 20 miles of us and if we don't start
the troop our boys won't have a program. What would be your suggestion.
Take them to a troop in a bigger town or find people who know less than
we do about Scouting and let them try and start the troop for us? I for
one am in this for as long as my son is having FUN and I'm not going to
let someone else come in here and tell us what we are or are not going to
do. We started our pack and if we don't start the troop Coyle Oklahoma
will probavly never have one. We understand the meaning of boy run.
It will be very difficult for the former Cub Scout Leaders to step back
>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.
Once again, if the leaders are prepared and knowledgeable in the way
things are supposed to be done this should not be a problem. We know our
boys are going to make mistakes and we are preparing for this. We just
started as Webelos 1 this week. As a WDL I will "Do my best" to make
sure they are ready for new responsibilities.
Gary, this is in NO WAY intended as a flame. I just feel that the other
side of the coin should be presented. I know that we can start a
successful troop when the time comes. I can't wait until they are Boy
Scouts and they can take care of me instead of me taking care of them, on
I commend you for finding another troop for your son. I would have done
the same for my son. Your son is lucky, whether he realizes it or not,
because now he can get the program the way BSA intended.
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