Re: Troop meeting content
Thu, 8 Sep 1994 10:02:13 EST
We have a VERY young Troop with only a few older boys to lead the
troop. To encourage parents' to participate in our Troop on a regular
basis, we started the "Old Buzzard Patrol". This is a Patrol made up
of ONLY Adults (Moms and Dads) (Note: All are registered adults, too!)
The Old Buzzard Patrol has a Patrol Leader, Ass't PL, Scribe, QM, ...
just like any scout Patrol. We even have a Patrol Flag, patch and our
own camping gear. We camp, cook and do activities as a Patrol. We
even take our turn, as a Patrol, in camp and meeting cleanup duties.
The difference between the Old Buzzard Patrol and the scouts comes
during interpatrol-competition. When the boys are competing, we do
NOT compete against them unless the SPL challenges an All-star boys
team against the Old Buzzard Patrol. It makes for ALOT of fun,
fellowship and an easy way to teach the Patrol Method by example. It
also helps the adults keep from getting 'too involved' in the boys'
Forming an Adult Patrol, allows the adults to "enjoy the scouting
experience" without getting in the way of the boys' fun. This has
also kept our parent participation at about 75% of Boys represented at
ALL activities. With a Troop of 27 Scouts, that's alot of adults.
ASM Troop 1577, Herndon, VA
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Subject: Re: Troop meeting content
Author: SCOUTS-L Youth Groups Discussion List
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Date: 9/7/94 4:26 PM
I suppose I should introduce myself. I am an Eagle Scout (1964), OA
brotherhood member, married, with boys 8 and 12. Was Cub committee
chairman for a year (just long enough to learn SOME of the job and get
trained). Was asked by our IR to lead the Blazer (new scout) patrol last
year just before my oldest son turned 11. Advised Blazers for the year,
meeting biweekly and conducting 2 overnights (including one - Spring
Camporee - with the rest of the troop). 3 regular attendees in our patrol.
Yes, this is an LDS sponsored troop, so interaction between the 11 year
olds and the 12 and 13 year olds is circumscribed. No boys in the troop
older than 13. SM looked for someone to provide 2 deep leadership at
summer camp. Told him I'd go if my boy went. Said OK. Other first year
scouts wanted to go, too. SM said OK. 6 days before camp, IR told us not
to go (11 year olds not allowed at camp). SM had broken leg, so remainder
of troop (5 boys) we attached to neighboring troop to go to camp.
I resigned as ASM, told my son I'd find a way to get him to camp, called
the Council, and had offers from 2 other SMs to accompany their troops to
camp (same week) within 18 hours of being told couldn't go with my (now
former) troop. Other 11 year olds came along, too. Everyone involved had
a marvelous time (including me - first time at camp for 30 years).
I told the IR that I couldn't disappoint another years worth of 11 year
olds by leading them in half the program, especially since I had seen how well
they'd done with a completely new troop for a week at camp.
What to do now? I plan to participate (as a parent) in troop activities
when invited by the SM. Anything else?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City