scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Troop rating checklist
John Pershing (pershng@US.IBM.COM
Sun Nov 14 1999 - 21:12:52 CST
I'm not sure that I agree 100% with Marcia Trudeau's list or, more
specifically, her assertion of "the more yes's the better".
When I took my Webelos around to visit a couple of troops, our first visit
was to a troop that fit all of Marcia's criteria, and then some. Fourteen
assistant scoutmasters, all TRAINED, many overtrained (like yours truly --
see the scouter.com catalog for details), almost all of them at the
meeting. Not quite more ASMs than boys, but pretty close.
Well-intentioned ASM doing 100% of the talking with the new-scout patrol.
"Over regimented" is the term used by one of the ASMs (who happens to be a
friend of mine). I was wondering if any of these scouts could blow his own
nose without having an ASM intervene.
There *is* such as thing as too much "program, program, program!".
Then visited Troop 36. Only get 3 or 4 "yes's" on Marcia's list. Two
adults, and lots of boys having lots of fun. They spent some time teaching
each other the stuff that they needed for some-or-other merit badge that
most of them were working on. Played a game. Made the visiting Webelos
feel welcome and a part of the overall mayhem. A boy-run program, run for
Guess which troop the boys chose to join?
"The Book" and "The Program" are all well and good. But we have to
remember that scouting is a game, and that the game is there for the boys.
Over-regimentation can be just as "bad" as complete and total chaos. There
*is* a merry medium.
John A. Pershing Jr. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
ACM Pack 36 / ASM Troop 36, Westchester-Putnam (NY) Council