Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: New troop
Re: New troop
Fri, 27 Nov 1998 10:28:37 -0500
There are a lot of experienced Scoutmasters on this list and I hope that
some have written to you with ideas about starting a new Scout Troop.
At age 20 you are too young to be the Scoutmaster by a year. You can
certainly organize a Troop, but will need to have another adult over the age
of 21 to help you and take the job of Scoutmaster. You will also need three
more adults over the age of 21 to form the Troop's committee.
Before getting to the mechanics of starting a Troop you should talk with
your Council and find out who the District Commissioner is for the district
where the boys are located and the District Chairman. Arrange to talk with
each and see what they can do to help out. Both may have resources to
share. You may end up with an older Scouter who can help you out and keep
things going temporarily until you are old enough to assume the mantle of
While you are talking with them, find out about training in your area.
Before you get too far along, you will want to go to Scoutmastership
Fundamentals to get updated on Scouting from the adult leader side.
You also should be talking to the parents of these boys. How many of them
will be able to give you any help? If none are willing to be involved, then
you are not going to be able to get very far unless you can convince a fair
number of your friends to join you.
Running a Troop for even 10 boys is a real job and takes more than one adult
to make it succeed. You will need help and if there is none, I would be
careful about what you do. You may end up getting the boy's hopes up and
then not be able to deliver a program. Of course t he solution is to talk
people into helping out.
Probably 9/10 of organizing a new Troop is the stuff that happens in the
background in setting the stage and preparing for the first things with the
Mike Bowman a/k/a Professor Beaver (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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