Mon, 19 Sep 1994 10:51:41 -0700
A while back there was a thread running on the "right" size for a Boy Scout
This week I am involved in a Scoutmastership Fundamentals course as Staff.
I am a Troop Guide. Anyway, it has given me the opportunity to review some of
the training material that has been on the bookshelf for some time now.
The specific reference here is to an article that was reprinted from Boy's Life,
Sept. 1985. (I think.) The article was titled "Green Bar Bill says
'Get up to eight'!"
The reasons given for this size are:
8 = 8 X 1; The patrol is made up of 8 individual Scouts.
8 = 4 X 2; Since we in the BSA are heavily into the "buddy system", a partol of
8 boys provides 4 pairs of buddies for swimming, hikeing, near-site exploring
8 = 2 X 4; Four seems to be a pretty good number for a team for intra-patrol
competition or skill-building activities.
8 = 1 X 8; A patrol is one group of 8 boys.
If the response is good enough, I will try to post a second copy of this with
greater detail, and more accurate referencing. Just let me know.
ASM Troop 323
Grand Canyon Council
I didn't used to be anything! (Except younger) Maybe someday...
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