scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Troop Attend Seperate Camps??
Wed Feb 16 2000 - 14:20:23 CST
Ginny Gillam wrote:
> The new Scout leaders or parents have no idea how the dynamics of a
> Troop are run and apparently feel it is similar to cubs. This was made
> clear during the meeting they attended last night by the questions they
> For first time campers, both leaders and boys, this week can be an
> overwhelming experience so it is helpful to have boys and leaders
> present who have been there, done that. I looks only one Troop leader
> will attend with these new Scouts and this person is new to Scouts while
> the rest that attend are Pack parents or parents that are new to the
This looks like an accident waiting to happen. The new patrol should at least
have their Troop Guide, if not the SPL or ASPL, with them at camp. And the new
leaders should be told, in no uncertain terms, "Hands off!". Boy Scouts is NOT
Webelos III. Unless your new parents / leaders can see how a Troop functions &
camps before Summer Camp, I would not let this sub-group go off on it's own at
I think it will also be harder to integrate these boys into the overall program
after summer camp unless they practice the same policies of the troop. The
biggest problem will be to restrict the new scout parents from trying to "help"
their sons. It is one of the hardest things a parent can do to let go and the
transition to Boy Scouts is about letting go, letting the boys run the program.
The Patrol Method works if you let it.
ASM T399 (& Former WDL P344)
District Advancement Committee
Detroit Area Council