hilding holroyd (blustone!chagall!hilding@UUNET.UU.NET)
Thu, 26 May 1994 08:34:21 EDT
At our District's Fall Camporee last fall (on the grounds of
Lakehurst Naval Air Station - where the Hindenburg went down),
the host troop had a VERY novel idea which worked very well.
They asked each troop to provide a roster of boys with ages
and ranks. They then created mixed patrols, with boys from
every attending troop, trying to balance each one regarding
age and rank. There were a couple of these patrols which were
a bit heavy with upper ranks, but for the most part, all of the
patrols were very balanced.
The method worked quite well, there were about 12 patrols of
8 each and they competed through stations all day Saturday and
then had to have a skit/song/cheer for the campfire. Each station
was a 10 point based score.
As it turned out, my (brand new) troop had 4 boys at the campout.
One boy from my troop (happened to be my son - 2nd class) was in
the first place patrol and another (our SPL) was in the 3rd place
patrol. Each boy in the 1/2/3 place patrol received a neckerchief
slide made from a poker chip (blue or red or white). As it turned
out my troop also took averall first place (boy! were they surprised!),
with many well established troops scoring way down the scale.
The entire weekend was a lesson in team building, patrol spirit
and patrol method. In my mind, it sure worked.
Hilding W. Holroyd Advancement Chairman, Tr 250
Lakewood, NJ Jersey Shore Council
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