scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Choosing a good troop
Wed Nov 17 1999 - 16:04:00 CST
OK, I have a small disagreement.
>Lk for a troop where there are lots of 15, 16, and 17 year old boys.
This troop is providing programs that do not encourage advancement so that
the youth are getting the program completed. Scouting and the Scout Handbook
was written (supposedly) as are all the MB books, toward the 11-13 age range
and just like getting Webelos bridged out ASAP the goal should be moving
these youth to a Venture Patrol or a Venturing Crew ASAP.
I see this happening in my #2 son's unit. They're hanging on for dear life to
get that Eagle completed right at 18 because they have a unit that doesn't
increase the advancement program for the older youth or set goals.
Just as bad a situation as holding on to Webelos longer than 18 months from
the time they graduate from 3rd grade.
>f they are still there, this troop has been delivering what they need.
Yup, providing them with a spot where they can sit and bide their time
instead of moving on and becoming leaders in their program.
On the other hand:
>If there are as many 14-18 year old scouts as there are 11-13, you >probably
have a sensational troop, from the perspective of the boys.
I'll say "Pretty close" because your 14-18 year olds should be moving up and
changing programs so they should be outnumbered by the 11-13 year olds but a
few should still be present.