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Friday, November 28, 2008

Scoping out Scouts

Ben and his fellow Webelos Scouts will have a tough decision in the coming weeks: they need to choose which Boy Scout troop to join.

We have two troops that are both fairly close. The one in Lanesville is nice, but VERY small. You can probably count them on one hand. Also, they are all older and much higher in the scout ranks.

The other possibility is a troop in Georgetown. We also know boys there. They are a very LARGE troop, and VERY organized. They have boys across the whole range of ranks.

Neither choice will be a bad one. I guess it comes down to this: do our boys want to be "big fish in a small pond?" Or do they want the advantage of many others with experience and help? In either troop, they likely would be their own patrol, and still be close buddies.

Any boy could go anywhere. However, with this group, I think once one boy decides, the others will decide to stick together.

Only time will tell. We shall see in the coming weeks which troop is chosen.


Dakotapam said...

From past experience, choose the larger, well organized troop. If the smaller troop is mostly older boys, you may find that in less than a year, your den may be the only patrol left. Sadly, once boys learn to drive, they lose interest in the troop. It is good to encourage the older boys to stay active, as it helps the whole troop, but many smaller troops tend to be in the business of getting boys to Eagle before they quit...my two cents!

Rev. Richard A. Heinz said...


That's the way several of us dads are leaning. I think the boys were pretty impressed with the larger troop as well.

We will be discussing this as a den soon, letting the boys honestly say their likes and dislikes about each.

I am sure that once someone makes a decision, the others will all fall in line and go together.