Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Chartering new units vs old units
Re: Chartering new units vs old units
Tue, 1 Jun 1999 21:50:48 -0400
On Tue, 1 Jun 1999, Bruce E. Cobern wrote:
> From: jjp3@PO.CWRU.EDU <jjp3@PO.CWRU.EDU>
> Date: Tuesday, June 01, 1999 4:58 PM
> >I am having a problem with what I assume must be National policy
> >establishment of new Troops. Does it make any sense to establish a new
> >Troop in an area where another Troop, located less than 2 miles away,
> >struggling to barely stay in existence?
> So, why IS the old troop having trouble attracting or keeping new
> members? Find the answer to that and you'll have solved their problem.
*ONE* of the answers is the proliferation of small Troops, some of which
spring from small Packs.
Another of the answers is an increasingly fragmented society, where, in
the words of Dr. Seuss, those with stars upon thars won't associate with
those without stars upon thars. And quite often, the stars cause the
small packs into small troops.
And, a third possibility, at least here in NCAC, is that too many adults
firmly believe that "starting" anything after 1st grade is too late to
get the full benefit. So, if for whatever reason the boy wasn't a Tiger
Cub, the parents hesitate to allow him to "start" Boys Scouts at
12...why, two of the boys in that group have already maxed out,
achievement wise, so you're already behind; why not do something else
that is only available to High School or Jr. High?
IOW, while it may be program --and if it is, it's fixable-- but it may
not be --and if it isn't, it isn't fixable.
Your mileage WILL vary.