You’re walking through the church lobby after your Scout meeting one night when you spot something new on the bulletin board.
JOIN PACK 123!
“But wait,” you say, “this church is where my pack, Pack 456, meets!”
It happened to Sandy, a Scouter who e-mailed me and asked that her full name and hometown not be used. And it could happen to you.
It’s a sticky situation. Yes, we’re all in the business of serving as many Scouts as possible, so we should be happy when any young person finds a pack, troop, team, ship, crew, or post to call home — even if that home belongs to a different unit.
On the other hand, each Scouter out there wants his or her unit to reach its full potential, and losing members restricts that.
How do you walk this line? And when, if ever, is it appropriate to compete against other units for members? I turned to our Facebook friends to find out: