In a perfect ‘Scouting’ world every Pack would be aligned with a male/female Troop and every Troop aligned with a Crew. That being said, I’d like to explore the reality of Pack/Troop relationships and find what works, what doesn’t and what is really practical. Your shared actual experiences, successes, failures can help move some/many units forward.
First, is the Pack program strong and healthy? Solid retention, full dens, no grade gaps? Second, does the pack enjoy a positive relationship with a Troop with shared sponsorship? By a positive relationship I am speaking of program support, the troop providing den chiefs and other youth or adult leadership and participation with the pack. Possibly shared equipment for pack outdoor activities, instructors for the Bears Whittling Chip Award, and outdoor adventures and camping for Webelos Dens? Does the pack have a Crossover program in place to move AOL’s and Leaders to the Troop? For many Troops the Crossover plan is their life’s blood.
In some cases, if a Pack succeeds on its own in building and maintaining a strong program and does not have a partner Troop, it might be wise to consider building a new Troop out of a large graduating class of AOL’s and their leaders. “Build it and they will come”… in other words, create your own support Troop. Why keep giving away members to units that don’t support your unit?
My pack had a Troop that had fallen apart. No interaction for years. We reached out to them for help for our Webelos Dad n Lad (prior to girls in the program) trip and the few members left helped out. The result was crossing over a full patrol into a troop that was down to 2 scouts coming to meetings. We also crossed the parents who became an active committee and assistant leaders and who, within two years were running the troop that was now 3 full patrols and also supporting the pack. It was very much like building our own support unit.
Care to share, we’re here…