Re: Troop Size
Thu, 8 Nov 1990 18:58:00 EST
Hey, all! Well, about two hours after I sent the message about the New
Patrol Method, I had two people ask me to share my opinions. So here goes...
First, let me give you a little background about why I feel I am qualified to
discuss this. I am presently an Assistant Scoutmaster in a troop of 40+
scouts. As a scout, I held the dubious honor of SPL and ASPL and PL and JASM.
I also was at the 1988 National Jamboree where the whole concept was sort of
introduced. That's enough about me, now on to more meaty subjects....
Let me qualify my disagreement with the New Patrol Method: I am against the
New Scout Patrol, but I do see merits in the Venture and Varsity program (if
a troop has the resources to institute them).
I am against the New Scout Patrol for a number of reasons:
1. One of the most important things about scouting (I think) is the
diversity which one comes in contact with. I think that sheltering the new
boys into their own patrol is detrimental to their scouting development.
2. The whole concept of a Patrol Leader is to LEAD. I personally
can't see an 11 year old leading a patrol well.
3. I disagree with trying to get the new scouts to First Class
within a year. I feel that all we're trying to do now is "crank out"
Eagle Scouts. I think that Eagle Scout show be an honor for hard work
done - not something given to you. (By the way, I am an Eagle).
4. I feel that the New Scout Patrol is just an extension of
Cub Scouts, which is not the idea of Boy Scouting.
I have to go now. If anyone would like to discuss this subject further,
please do. I think it is an important subject which needs to be discussed.
I also have some feelings about the Venture and Varsity programs which I
won't get into now.
That's my opinion. Thanks for listening....
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City