scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Troop Checklist
Robert Wright (rayadorob@YAHOO.COM
Mon Nov 15 1999 - 23:14:31 CST
When my son was preparing to cross over to Boy Scouts,
he made the Troop visits with his den. The Troop
chartered by our Chartering Organization was the
biggest in town-lots of equipment, 60 Scouts, 22 ASMs;
strongadvancement-everything the checklist asked for;
plus, we had a lot of friends there.
Then he visited a smaller Troop across town--14 boys,
2 ASMs; not as well-equipped; less push for
advancement, but more boy-run.
After pondering the possibilities, he asked me "which
troop will I have more fun in?" I had to admit that
the smaller, less-organized and -equipped troop was
It's true, my son will probably get his First Class
just shy of his second anniversary with the troop-this
is due, in part, to the fact that he lives with his
mother, who is not at all supportive of his Scouting
involvement. I only see him on Troop nights and odd
weekends. And, as i said, advancement is not stressed
as much as in some troopd\s.
But, when I recall how close he came to leaving
Scouting ( I was still CM for 7 months after he
bridged, so he got stuck with a lot of double-duty),
I'm happy that he still moving at his own pace and
still enjoying Scouting.
While some may be proud of their 13-year-old Eagles, I
wouldn't trade my son for any kid I've ever met.
He was honest enough to say what was important to him.
As a Scouter, I know that the slow path is beter than
the NO path.
Robert Wright firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 2000 Brazos Valley District Merit Badge College
ASM, Troop 76 - Weatherford Texas
Roundtable Commissioner - Brazos Valley District
Member, Longhorn Council Orienteering Committee
"and a good old fox, too" SR-271-24
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