Re: New Scout Patrol
Jonathan Dixon (dixon@MIMICAD.COLORADO.EDU)
Thu, 14 Oct 1993 14:35:38 -0600
I'll speak briefly (?) on the positive side of the "New Scouts"
patrol. When I joined the Scouts from Webelos (1981), we were given
the choice of integrating with existing patrols or forming up as a
single patrol; we chose to be our own patrol. The SM assigned an
experienced (somewhat) scout to be our PL and we were off and running
as a patrol.
I will admit we were nowhere near a perfect patrol, but we learned
alot 8) - ie, donuts left in the bottom of a cooler filled with ice
are VERY soggy by Sunday morning, and so on. But of that group of 6-8
boys in the patrol, 3 went on to be Eagles and most remained active in the
troop for years. Other years when the new boys were spread amongst
several different patrols we had retention problems and not anywhere
near the advancement.
It could be that what happened was some sort of statistical anomaly,
but it could be that experiences like these were the reason the BSA
decided to advocate separate patrols for new scouts.
ASM Troop 1046, Bowie, MD, NCAC
Eagle '85 Vigil '89
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City