Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Troop size
Re: Troop size
Sat, 13 Feb 1999 14:19:06 -0500
Mark and others thinking about unit growth,
You've asked the right first question - the how do you do it question.
Maintaining a constant size can be (not always) a function of what is
comfortable and workable without a lot of stress. If your Troop is like
most, the adult leaders are fighting to find time to help out while
balancing home and job time requirements. So after awhile you find sort of
a working balance for the people that you have and you end up with a good
program with supporting leadership based on what is comfortable. Growth and
change are not always in the same comfort zone as what we are used to doing.
There are challenges and we have to figure out how to meet them.
For the adults:
How many more Assistant Scoutmasters does the Scoutmaster need?
How many more people need to be active on the Committee?
How many more people do you need for transportation?
How much of what the SM has been doing can be delegated to an ASM?
What can we do and what should the PLC do?
For the boys:
How many more boys can fit in existing patrols?
How do you handle the new fellows - new Scout patrols?
Who will be acting as a Troop Guide for new patrols/existing patrols?
What will the PLC need to do to help get over the humps with newer members?
How will older Scouts help the newer Scouts get integrated into the Troop
How will you plan activities that appeal to older and newer boys?
Should there be a Venture Patrol?
There are probably dozens of right answers for these questions, but in any
case they should probably serve as focal points for discussion within the
Committee and PLC. Both need to have a game plan for growth and how to make
it work. Without a plan in both places, things are apt to slip back to
normal meaning less or no growth. Both also need to be committed to making
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