Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Troop size
Re: Troop size
Thu, 11 Feb 1999 10:37:10 -0800
Much of this legend is true.
Sadly many scoutmasters operate camping clubs and live for the day their
son drops out of scouting or gets his eagle. (Sorry but this is a much
observed phenom among commissioners who have been around a while)
BP reccommended troop sizes around 32 or less and that would provide 4
A troop to function, needs enough boys to mount a common goal whether
campout or dodgeball.
A troop needs invisible but sure support once the numbers start to climb
else the Scoutmaster will hit a wall of equalibrium where every one in the
troop is marginally functioning and complaints are kept at a manageable
level and the program plods from one mediocre event to the next.
Into such vaccums sneaks explotation and apathy
Read Kiplings poem "IF" in the context of patrol method scouting and see if
you can see these little memes that spell success or failure of the Aims of
Scouting in your troop.
Some of what you described can be avoided if the adult leadership of the
right sort would harken to the call that we are not in the entertainment
business. We are in the citizenship business (Character & Fitness required
for memebrship to citizenship) and we need to be ready to share the
leadership needs of that business by learning and functioning within the
rules we set for ourselvs.
Your didtrict commissioner staff can help you with ideas on combating "Blue
Commissioner and Practicing Owl
> From: Mark Arend <arend@CENTURYINTER.NET>
> Subject: Troop size
> We have maintained a fairly constant size through the years , it looks as
> we'll be getting a fairly large group of Webelos in this spring, and I
> like the Troop to be a bit larger (at least consciously). Any advice?