scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Troop rating checklist
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG
Mon Nov 15 1999 - 07:53:02 CST
On Sat, 13 Nov 1999, Murphy Peter wrote:
> usually comes down to two very practical considerations:
> 1) Convenience of the day and location of weekly troop meetings, and
> 2) Which troop a boy's best friends are going to join or already belong to.
And the importance of those is not just the obvious, but the more subtle
issue of the Scout's transportation to the meetings.
> A comment about the size of the troop being at least 21. Studies have shown
> that the best troops share the characteristics of the list that Marcia
Not arguing, just wondering: if National thinks a 21-boy Troop is so
important, why do they allow smaller ones to charter? Wouldn't it better
to combine 3 or 4 or 5 smaller troops into one that had enough boys that
you could reasonably expect (statistically) 21 to appear each week?
There is also the "fairness" to the volunteers in the Troop -- is it fair
to either the large Troop or the small one to encourage the larger one to
get bigger while the smaller one languishes for want of those last 6 or 8
boys that would push it over the magic 21? It seems -- well, let's call
it contradictory, to me.