Scouting, Volume 82, Number 2, March-April 1994 Page: 14
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Look for things boys like to do in Scout-
ing—and answers to the following
• Does the troop have an annual planning
calendar, and what have they planned? Are
there monthly outings, and are they for boys
of all ages?
• How well are the Webelos Scouts treated
during the visit? Are they asked to join in
patrol activities and made to feel welcome?
• Does the troop place den chiefs in Cub
Scout packs? Is there a new Scout patrol
program using troop guides? Do older Scouts
work with younger Scouts at meetings? Are
patrols a blend of all ages, or are all the older
guys over playing basketball?
• Are the troop's boy leaders managing the
meeting, or are adults telling everyone what
to do? Is there Scouting going on, or are the
activities something the boys can get any-
where? Does the meeting seem to have a
• How many people are on the troop commit-
tee? Does the Scoutmaster run everything,
or are duties delegated?
Before a Webelos den visits a troop, the
den leader should ask the boys what they
would like to see in a Scout troop. The leader
should do some homework. Read The Scout-
master Handbook to get some ideas of what
the "best troop" should look like.
Former Scoutmaster and
District Commissioner G. W.F.
Look for 0 troop with good boy leadership
that does not require a lot of disciplining by
adults or yelling to get things done. The
meeting should be well-planned, and the
boys should be in proper uniform.
As a parent, I would be interested in see-
ing whether or not the older Scouts are
working with the younger boys to improve
their skills. The troop planning calendar for
at least the next six months should show if
they have a solid, well-planned program.
If the answers to these questions are sat-
isfactory, anything else will be icing on the
District Commissioner G.P.
The single most important item is fun. When
troop meetings are fun, boys look forward to
going to them and probably will stay in Scout-
ing for many years.
In our November-
B.L.M. pointed out
that his pack's
Webelos Scouts visit
several troops before
deciding which one to
join. What key
qualities should boys
and parents look for
in troops? B.L.M.
asked. Readers had
lots of good tips.
Edited by Robert
SEEK TASTY RECIPES
Our troop camps
at least once a month
and needs some patrol
recipes the boys can
cook to vary their menu.
We use Dutch ovens a
lot, to make beef stew,
beef pot roast,
and roast turkey.
Some tasty suggestions
would be appreciated.
I slip, N. Y.
Send your recipe
suggestions for M.M. 's
Front Line Stuff,
1325 W. Walnut Hill Ln.,
P.O. Box 152079,
Irving, Tex. 75015-2079.
Selected responses will
be printed in the
September issue of
Scouting. We also solicit
new questions of a
provocative nature and
pay $50 for each one
used in this column.
Good troops should have an active mem-
bership of at least two dozen Scouts. They
may have several junior leaders who are at
least 14 years old and typically oversee the
operation of the entire meeting.
A good troop will have a calendar with
some kind of hiking or camping event each
month. The more exciting the troop calendar
looks, the more fun the troop will be.
Parental participation is another sign of a
good troop because the program grows
stronger with parents' help.
Before visiting any troop, B.L.M. should meet
with the Webelos Scouts and their parents.
He should explain that the decision to join
any troop should be for the boys and not the
parents to make.
After visiting a troop, the boys should ask
themselves: Did we have fun? Were we made
welcome, just tolerated, or ignored? Did the
Scouts spend time with us and tell about past
or future outings, or merely show us a scrap-
book? Were Webelos Scouts invited on a
WTiat was the age makeup of the troop? If
most of the Scouts are 13 or older, are their
outings high adventure? Or do they have
outings that new Scouts will feel comfortable
After the visits, B.L.M. should meet with
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