scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Troops rating checklist
Mon Nov 15 1999 - 08:54:00 CST
> Why would you insist on AT LEAST 21 Scouts?
> Some troops run more effectively small, because we can offer
> more time with
> the boys just letting them know we are there for them and
> they know everyone
> one of us leaders personally.
The local troop is miniscule, so small I've been seriously considering
going to a larger one with my son. However, when I discussed this with
my Webelos boys and parents, they were uniformly against the idea. The
whole den (except perhaps my son) wants to join the teeny troop because
they know and like the boys, like the leaders, like the way the
personalized attention has benefited the boys (the troop and pack share
many leaders and work very closely) and like the idea of being
instrumental in troop decisions right away. (With only a few boys, each
one gets to have significant and meaningful input on decisions.)
As mentioned, if it were solely up to me, I'd go to a larger troop. The
patrol system in a small troop is not effective. It is difficult, if not
impossible, to get a crew together for high adventure activities. The
Scouts have fewer opportunities to interact with a range of
personalities, which is part of character and leadership development.
We can't have as many activities as we'd like because we don't always
have adult leadership available to go. However, I will certainly not
pressure any of the Webelos one way or the other. I suspect if all the
other boys go to the teeny troop, my son will too. The good news - the
troop will double in size!