scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Follow-up on making troop selection
Timothy E. Rapp (tim.rapp@IEEE.ORG
Mon Mar 13 2000 - 14:53:03 CST
Hello fellow Scouters,
If you remember this past January, I introduced
myself to the list as having 6 children with the
oldest a Webelos II preparing to cross-over. I
described the two troops that we had to choose
from, Troop A being a large 50+ troop of overly
helpful adult scouters that likes to camp-camp-
camp, and Troop B being more diversified but
an eagle factory with leadership looking to retire.
We visited both troops and I admit that I was
very impressed with the Troop A leaders inspite
of the rumor-mill. It was quite apparent that they
were very organized and the meeting was boy-led.
The scouts were in uniform, and the SPL was
Our visit to troop B was the exact opposite. The
boys were not in uniform, the SPL was clueless,
and the meeting was leader-led. Not to mention
that the leaders want to retire immenently as soon
as someone else steps up.
I was sure that the other dads would prefer troop
A considering the ratical difference we observed.
However, our sons had a MUCH better time at
the troop B meeting, and my son told me
explicitly - "Dad, I didn't like troop A at all - I don't
want to join them" and all of the boys didn't want
the troop B meeting to end.
The most important criteria to me was my sons
opinion and there was no way I could ask him
to join a troop that he wasn't interested in inspite
of my preference.
So, I took that as God's sign that I was to accept
the Scoutmaster position for troop B, and I had
two other dads say they would go to the SMF
class with me to be ASM's and another commit
to be the treasure, and one of the existing parents
has commited to be the committee chairperson
(She did not want to be SM because she felt that
position should be held by a man - perhaps the list
has some insite on that opinion...).
The present SM agreed to carry the Troop through
the summer and summer camp and up to the
planning for 2000-2001, while I attend SMF and
have an opportunity to become acclimated to
It was gratifying to me that the other parents
agreed to support me and work beside me in
helping to keep two troops in our community
(which is a minimum to serve the population)
and a vote of confidence in me that we can
provide a quality experience as already shown
by troop A.