Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Mentoring Packs
Re: Mentoring Packs
Fri, 25 Jun 1999 17:06:07 -0400
Regarding a strong unit "mentoring" a weak unit, Karl Ward wrote:
> Has anyone seen this or something similiar done successfully? I'd
> appreciate any comments pro or con and any constructive suggestions.
Yes, I have seen this done successfully on occasion. BUT... I have also
seen the weak unit get progressively weaker, until it is absorbed into
the stronger unit.
I would only recommend this if the weaker unit is trying to accomplish
specific, closed-ended things, and has a strategy for breaking off on
its own again, in a specific time frame. If you don't identify the root
causes of the weak unit's problems, the strong unit's strengths won't
be absorbed just due to proximity.
For example, if the weak unit's problem is a lack of leadership, that
problem isn't likely to go away on its own if there is suddenly enough
leadership available from the stronger unit. Instead, it is more likely
that enough leadership will never come forward, and the weaker unit will
Of course, it's possible that the community simply won't support all
the paper units that are being carried. Do you have any idea what the
Cub Scout density is in your community, Karl? If it is already high,
you aren't going to fill up all those empty units, and the best thing
for the kids would be to consolidate. If it is low, however, I'm all
in favor of giving families plenty of choices.
John Conley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ganeodiyo Lodge Adviser
Finger Lakes Council (NY)
*Better to build boys than mend men*