scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Help! I've been offered an "opportunity"!
Ronald W. Fox (ronfox@MINDSPRING.COM
Tue Feb 29 2000 - 23:12:42 CST
Well, let's see. We started up Troop 69 just 3 years ago, starting with a
graduating Webelos Den from Pack 69 in February, 1997.
Get the parents involved. Have plenty of small jobs for them. This gets
them involved. If the parents are involved, the boys will stay involved.
This also keeps you from burning out.
See if you can borrow an SPL from an experienced Troop. It helped us a
lot. However, make it clear to the boys up front that they will be filling
the role 6 to 12 months later, and that this SPL's role is to show them how
to be Boy Scouts so that they don't have to listen to you all the time.
See if you can import an experienced Troop Guide as well. The dirty little
secret here is that they'll be training you as well.
Take a more direct hand in guiding the program the first few months. They
won't be used to leading themselves and won't adjust quickly to the effort
involved, so they'll need your guidance to come up with an active program.
Boys don't join Troops. They join an active program. Keep on top of the
advancement so that they earn their ranks. Boys like to achieve. Don't
fake it, though. Make them earn it. They'll complain some, but will be
proud when they get their awards.
Be patient. This Troop is *not* going to be as efficient, as accomplished,
as neat, or as organized as your old Troop.
Build the relationship with the Chartering Organization. Have the boys do
service for them. This especially works if the service project includes
getting filthy or building a big fire (if you can do both it's a sure hit).
I always say that one difference between Scouting and other youth
organizations from a sponsor's viewpoint is that Scouting asks what it can
do for you, not just what you can do for it. Make sure the boys know the
organization and the organization knows the boys. Invite them to your
Courts of Honor. Have one or two of them sit on Boards of Review. Have
the head write a paragraph or two for the newsletter.
While I would certainly not advise anyone to sever a relationship with any
unit, you will find that this will take almost all your attention.
You didn't mention how you're fixed for a Scoutmaster and Assistant
Scoutmaster(s). They'll need a lot of support (you haven't mentioned their
experience level). Make sure they're trained. Showing the parents the
Fast Start tape isn't a bad idea, either.
Don't be afraid of starting small. A good program for a few boys will
attract more boys. Concentrate on what you have.
More later if I think of it. Gotta go to bed now.
Scoutmaster, Troop 69, Des Plaines Valley Council (W&SW Chicago Suburbs)
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