scouts-l Mail Archive for September of 2000: Re: limiting troop membership
Scott Patterson (scottpat@NETDOOR.COM
Fri Sep 01 2000 - 10:02:06 CDT
We limit our troop size for Safety and our meeting room size. When our
troop hits 45 boys we start a waiting list for any youth that is not a
member of our brother Pack or a member in our charter origination. After
sitting on our districts Eagle BOR for the past several years, I can
truthfully say that the large majority of the scouts that come from our
large "Mega" troops 80-160 scouts are being poorly prepared as scouts.
The largest problem is in the numbers. A troop can only have so many
leadership positions to go around.
Last night we had our Eagle BOR (we had 22 scouts, long night!) and we had
trouble with one scout who had no idea that he had been the Troop
Quartermaster, he said that he was a troop guide last year when he was a
star scout, yet his paper work had him as a quartermaster. We called this
scouts scoutmaster in to our room and asked him if he had made a error on
the application. After he reviewed it, his comment was like this: "Well, I
really can't say if I know if this is a mistake or not, you know we have 160
scouts and its hard to keep up with them, but I am sure he has earned
We had other problems with this scout also and they all went back to the
poor boy being lost in the shuffle of the large troop. Needles to say, for
my second time in 4 years that we did not sign off on a scouts application.
It will now go to the council advancement committee and they will most
likely sign off on it (Rubber Stamp).