The boy scout troop that I have been with for many years now have started a new troop for the girls. Both troops share the same unit numbers and committee. Since the troop for the girls is small, they have been observing and learning what the boys’ troop does for their weekly troop meeting. The leaders of the girl troop want to have the same expectations that the boys’ troop was built with many years ago.
One question or issue that parents and leaders have is about the Founder Strip Patch. Should the founder patch be worn by the scouts and leaders of the girl troop who share the same unit numbers as the boys’ troop?
One argument is that if those who are involved with the troop for the girls can wear the founder’s patch, it will be misleading because technically, they were not the original founders of the troop. The founders of the troop established the boys’ troop and chose the unit numbers about 20 years ago. The girl’s troop chose to share the same unit numbers. This might also make the boys jealous that the girls can wear a unique patch, and they can’t, even if they share the same unit numbers. An important point to point out is that some of the assistant scoutmasters who are involved with the girls’ troop are also still involved with the boys’ troop as assistant scoutmasters as well.
Another argument is that the leaders and scouts do deserve to wear the founder patch, but change the unit numbers. Everyone recognizes how much dedication and work it takes to start a brand new unit, so it is fair that they can wear the founder patch but under different unit numbers.
How did other troops resolve this conflict? Please voice your opinions. Thank you!