Re: New Scout Patrols and Troop Guides
alan houser (houser@CEDR.LBL.GOV)
Tue, 23 Aug 1994 09:46:17 PDT
>Alan, I am glad you have found a way to use the new boy patrol
>successfully. I have no objections to the program, but still have my
>original question unanswered. How do you provide for continuity of
>patrols when they are all going to age out together?
Unlike one of the troops that I am commissioner for, and perhaps some others,
we do not have perpetual patrols. A new patrol forms when a new class of
Webelos come into the troop and they choose their own name, etc.
If a patrol loses members through attrition (or promotion to the Senior
Patrol) to where there are too few to be effective (less than 4 or 5, it
seems), either someone will move into the patrol, or it will merge
with another patrol. In our experience, when a patrol drops to three
members, those remaining are quite eager to merge with another patrol
because they recognize how much easier it is to work together with more
We also have a window in September when patrol reorganizations can take place
(some Scouts promoted to Senior Patrol, New Scout Patrols become regular
patrols and someone wants to be with a new friend). And, there is the
occasional personality conflict that can require separating certain people
into different patrols.
The bottom line is that each patrol has a natural lifetime. Because we
are still learning how to make the New Scout Patrol work and only recently
have had great success, we don't know yet what will happen when last year's
new Scouts turn 14. But if we continue to recruit at least one full patrol
each year, there should be plenty of Scouts to find patrols for.
Hope that helps answer your question.
Alan R. Houser
Scoutmaster, Berkeley Troop 24
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