Re: Turning it Over to the Boys
Blair, Bill (wdb@ITDPCGATE.DSTO.GOV.AU)
Mon, 26 Sep 1994 16:37:00 CST
Hey! nice to see a topic that has universal appeal. :-)
The patrol system is one thing that appears to me to have application across
all elements of the movement and a worthy subject of discussion.
The troop I'm with was reformed about three years ago as a mixed girls and
boys alternative to the other troop in our Group which remained for some
time as a boys only troop. Starting from a standing start as it were, the
scout leader found that he had to take much more control in running the
show. Many of the scouts couldn't spell patrol leader let alone understand
the functions of one.
We are now three years further down the road, and partly because the scout
leader has gone, and partly because our scouts are getting more attuned to
the patrol system we keep talking about, they are increasingly taking on
more of the responsibilities.
This is as much a giving thing as a taking thing and so I'm not so sure of
the appropriateness of the 'cold turkey' approach. It seems a bit more like
the 'throw in the lake' style of learning to swim. The scouts need to be
ready and willing to take on the responsibilities. Our job is to get them
ready, standing by to help when they are unsure or need advice to reassert
their confidence. When they are confident, they'll take it as fast as we'll
SL Mt Painter Troop
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City