Re: patrol life (was: re: camporee scoring)
Ian Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Fri, 27 May 1994 10:22:37 +100
I agree in principle that established patrols should be encouraged to
work as a team. BUT I can also see the advantage of occasionally mixing
Scouts from different troops to increase their experience, share ideas etc.
I have done this on Patrol Leader training courses, for example. However,
I would suggest that such an event ought to be geared around learning
and sharing rather than competition. By all means have some competitive
element, but make the main point the sharing of ideas and making new friends.
The BSA troop I work with in London virtually closes down for the Summer,
apart from the kids who are staying " in country " for Summer Camp. A lot
of Scouts do, however, join local troops in the States for camp. Most of
the feedback I have had is very positive, and they often bring back new
ideas or new ways of doing old things.
Likewise I have been involved in joint Cub Camps with boys from several
packs. The slept in their regular Packs / Sixes but during the day the
formed Sixes drawn from different Packs and the different Leaders
organised activities. It worked very well, and some kids made new friends
in other packs.
AGSL 25th Greenwich Scouts
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City