scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Troop Attend Separate Camps??
Joseph A. Alessi (JosephAlessi@COMPUSERVE.COM
Mon Feb 21 2000 - 08:14:45 CST
Ginny wrote (in her original message)
+AD4-The Troop chair nor COR have a problem with this set up.
+AD4-These two people are married to one another.
+AD4-The committee seemed to go along with this.
+AD4-Also the leadership going with the cross-over WEBELOS is Pack
+AD4-parents with one registered Troop leader, former Pack leader.
+AD4-These people have no idea how a Troop is run or what is required.
To me, these are important statements. It seems to me this group does have the support of the troop, and there is at least one current troop leader who has committed to going along.
To start off, let's all remember that it's the boys that are important. Realize that there is no way that the troop is going to force the new parents to change their vacation plans just because the troop says so. Either the boys just won't go to camp, or they'll decide to form their own unit and go to camp when they want.
Rather than making this into a confrontation between old and new, how about some compromise? First off, tell the adults that have committed to going that you think it's great that they've volunteered their time, and you want the boys to have the best summer camp possible. Ask these new adults to attend scout leader basic training this spring. This way, they can learn how the boy scout program is supposed to work.
I would also work to get the SPL and the troop guide to also attend this second week at camp. Note that many councils will give a discount for a second week. I'd even dip into the troop treasury to help out. If you have your youth leadership there, they can show how it's done.
I'd also like to remind people that the basic boy scout unit is the patrol, and not the troop. A patrol that wants to go on it's own campout is something good, not something bad+ACE-
Joseph A. Alessi
Vice Chair - Program, Lafayette District
Committee Member Troop 313, Cradle of Liberty Council
Adviser to the Treasurer, Unami Lodge One
Quartermaster, Jambo 2001 Council Contingent
I used to be an Owl+ACE-