New Patrol Method
Bob R L Ontjes 319-335-5457 (CWCRLOTS@UIAMVS.BITNET)
Mon, 12 Nov 1990 14:27:00 CST
As a former SM, parent of two Eagle Scouts and a member of the council
Exec Board, I'd like to throw a couple of cents worth in.
Back more years than I care to admit, we brought in a Webelos Den as a
new patrol. They were given the name 'Rookie Patrol' until they could
come up with their own name. They were also provided a PL and APL from
the older members of the troop, these were two scouts that had good
leadership and training skills. This rookie patrol made the third
patrol in the troop. This patrol did very well for some time. Early
advancment went well.
After about a year they developed their own leadership and the appointed
leadership was reduced to advisory and then removed. So far so good.
However, when the rank requirements began requiring leadership positions
(Star ...), we began having problems. Everyone needed PL, etc at the
same time. At this point there was some reorganization of the troop,
but not without some difficulties and hard feelings.
Looking back at it now, I still think it was the right thing to do at
that time, and we used a variation of that approach several times later.
A lot depends on how 'full' the existing patrols are, the number coming
in at one time and the existing scouts skills, both scoutcraft and
By the way, of the nine scouts that came into that Rookie
Patrol, seven acheived the Eagle rank. Therfore, I know the New Patrol
idea can work.
Bob Ontjes (CWCRLOTS@UIAMVS.BITNET)
Hawkeye Area Council
Iowa City, Iowa
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