Jan 25, 2011 - Caleb W.
One thing I heard on a subject like this: If the scoutmaster is a 20-boy scoutmaster, then soon there will be a 20-boy troop. If the scoutmaster is a 150-boy scoutmaster, then soon there will be a 150-boy troop. Some scoutmasters (like mine) can keep up with the 50 boys in the troop and still get to know the venturers, the girls, and the cubs. Some can only handle a few. It all depends on the scoutmaster.
Jan 25, 2011 - Scoutmaster Paul
I agree that the scoutmaster has a big impact on the troop. I'm looking past the ability of the scoutmaster to make it work and more at the value and growth for the scouts.
Jan 25, 2011 - Bryan
I replied to your post at http://thescoutmaster.posterous.com/in-response-to-a-great-scout-blog
I disagree with a lot of your statements being a Scoutmaster of 118...see my post and please respond...
Jan 25, 2011 - Scoutmaster Paul
Congratulations on the success of your troop. I'm not saying it isn't possible to make a 118-member troop work. I'm saying three 40-member troops have more benefits for the scouts.
I would love to watch your troop in action some day to see how your guys run it. I'm sure I'd learn a lot.
Feb 17, 2011 - robert
this was spot on to how i conduct my troop. we have been,are and always will be small. it has worked well for us for the 12 years that ive been the scoutmaster. if any of them want to be in a larger troop there a couple in the area and they are free to go and try them out.ive had some leave and had some come back. its a free world.
blog on good brother!
Feb 17, 2013 - Lynn
I have to disagree with the 10 reasons why a smaller troop is better. In the 13 years our troop has grown from 15 to 128. We have a higher proportion of scouts making Eagle and they still invite friends to join who have never been in scouting. Why? We offer more choices for the scouts. We have about three events a month to choose from and we make the meetings fun. Before saying a smaller unit is better I suggest you visit some.
Feb 19, 2013 - Jesus
I think it's how you look at it. We have a very small pack of about 6 or 7 boys, my son is the only Tiger. We finshed the book early. The only think I don't like is that nobody else his age wants to join. I have tried but the parents just don't want to.
Feb 28, 2013 - MAC
Your talking about a Pack, not a troop, so there are some differences.
But hang in there. I've found that the wolf and bear years have the biggest growth in Cubs.
Apr 24, 2013 - Nils
Some very valid points. Here is the rub. Our troop was at 11 scouts 3.5 years ago when I took over. We have worked hard to develop a great program. We have fostered a fantastic relationship with our feeder pack and the kids are having a blast. We are now at 54 Scouts with 9 Webelso II projected to crossover from our feeder pack and four from another pack. What do I do. I can't turn them away? All I can do is work with my SPL a little more, give him two extra ASPLs (total of 3 now) along with2 troop guides for the new scout patrols.
Apr 24, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Nils - Spinning off another troop is always an option. The same people that have made this single troop successful can certainly make two troops just as successful.
Can you describe how adding more ASPLs helps? The ASPL's job is to fill in for and assist that SPL. The SPL runs the troop activities and PLC. Giving SPL duties to ASPLs tells me that another SPL is needed - with his own troop to run.
Your use of Troop Guides is right on - great leadership development opportunity and introduction to the troop's processes for the new guys.