Re: Question about the BSA Troop Operations Plan
Dr. Steven C. Myers (R1SCM@AKRONVM.BITNET)
Wed, 9 Feb 1994 17:43:04 EST
On Tue, 8 Feb 1994 07:01:54 PST Marc Godbout said:
> We've had a New Scout Patrol for about a year, and our experience is
> that it doesn't seem to be helping. The boys don't like it, ...
> We will probably be abandoning the New Scout concept. I wouldn't
> abandon the Guide position, yet, though. I can see him, with proper
> training, as being an "overseer" to make sure the new boys
> advancement needs are being met. I know this is the PL's responsibility,
> but nobody is perfect, and I'd hate to see new scouts suffer.
> Marc Godbout
> SM Troop 402, Derry, NH
I agree with (1) abandoning the New Scout Patrol system and
(2) keeping the troop guide. I do not agree that the patrol leader's
responsibility is overseeing the advancement of the boys in his
patrol (in a perfect troop I would!). The PL has enough on his
plate already without having that worry. I do believe he needs to
be aware of what the patrol needs in terms of advancement so as
to be able to plan in PLc a proper troop program, but he can't/won't
take time to do the other.
The troop guide is in my mind equal to an instructor. I see these as
free floating guys who can help with the day to day plans of the
troop. I have two life scouts over 15 looking at my troop to join
and if they do I'll have more to say on this as I try to integrate them
into my young troop.
Scoutmaster, Troop 1
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City