First year patrol
Wed, 9 Oct 1991 10:23:48 CDT
From: Troye Kauffman Bitnet: AEZTROY@UICVMC
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A previously mentioned idea to ease the Webelos transition was to keep them
all in the same patrol. I think that it should be stressed that this idea is
a required (when possible) component of the "new" scouting program. There
are some other facets of this component which should also ease the Webelos
- A troop guide is assigned to help the first year patrol.
- The troop guide is an older scout (first class or above), who helps
give instruction to the new patrol, and look out for (or "protect")
- Ideally, the troop guide could be a former Den Chief of the new
scouts. This would provide some continuity and a familiar face.
- The troop guide, as well as the first year's patrol leader are voting
members of the PLC (patrol leader council.)
- There must be an assistant scoutmaster whose main responsibilty (if not
his/her sole responsibility) is to take care of the first year patrol.
It would be especially nice for the new scouts if this asst. scoutmaster
was the former den leader, PROVIDING THIS PERSON IS PROPERLY TRAINED!!!
The duties include:
- Training the troop guide.
- Working through the troop guide (and acting directly when appropriate)
_ maintain their advancement records.
- providing a quality program for them.
- make sure that they do not get hazed.
- training the new scouts to lead themselves.
- Getting parents and qualified adult leaders to help.
Remember that the new scouts are coming from an environment where all
planning and leadership was done for them, to one where they must do the
planning and leadership. If they are not properly groomed to accept these
responsibilities, many will drop out because of the stress. The point of
the first year program is to acclimate them to the patrol method, and make
them First Class scouts (in more ways than one!)
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