scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Looking for a good troop
Rik Bergethon (rberg@RMI.NET
Sun Nov 14 1999 - 09:07:36 CST
Two things. Why as a first year Webelos Den are you Troop hunting at
this time? That is part of the second year Webelos plan. This is the
right time of year, but wrong year to do that in.
Second: if you call to arrange a visit with a troop, you will get a
different view, than if you "just drop in." Here are some questions I'd
look for answers to.
Is the troop run by the boys or the adults?
Is there good scout skills instruction for newer scouts?
Is there strong patrol activity or inter-patrol activity, like
competitions or games?
Are the boys just sitting around or are they busy most of the time?
How often does the troop go on outings of some sort?
Is it a back packing/hiking troop or car camping troop?
Is there a diversity of ranks throughout the troop? All Second Class
and Tenderfoot ranks will tell you it's a pretty new troop with no
maturity in leadership. All Life and Eagle scouts means it's a troop
about to graduate and disappear on you, and a troop full of leaders with
Is there sufficient adult help around for the size of the troop?
Have any of these Troops contacted you, or did you contact them? This
means are they actively recruiting?
I have been to a couple of Webelos bridging ceremonies where I got a
couple of new Scouts and other troops got a couple of new scouts. In
fact, five Webelos went to three different troops.
I would come up with your own rating sheet and give it to the boys to
make their own ratings of troops, don't make it for them. Let THEM
I have recently made a Webelos to Scout transition "paper" which I will
send you, if you think it might help. It has everyone's job and a
timeline to do them in.