Re: BSA Large Troop Operations
John R. Carminati (CLANOF6@AOL.COM)
Tue, 31 Jan 1995 13:35:53 -0500
My troop has 42 boys of which 17 crossed over from Webelos last spring. Here
are a few thoughts:
1. One many trips we have non-driving adults who want to come along. This is
not a problem, but our policy is to seat boys first in as few cars as
possible. Adults are bumped for space.
2. Our troop has 12 Life scouts and 6 or so Star scouts. (Count unsure
because we just finished a COH last night). The QM is either a star or life.
All PL must be star. The PL picks boys to be in their patrols, but everyone
is chosen and we go down the line one PL at a time. They understand that they
must take new scouts into their patrols. First campouts tend to be
segregated, but we use patrol activities out of Woods Wisdom to build a bond
between the boys.
3. At campouts, the adults tend to rank advancement with the new scouts and
MB counceling with the older boys. We put the adults into a patrol, so we
have duties during meals, campfire, etc. This allows the PL to lead his
entire patrol. ASPL's (we use two) work on knot practice and Totin' Chip
4. We tried Troop Guides but did not have success. We do have success with
our two JASM's (one Eagle, other waiting on BOR). The troop meetings are divid
ed into two parts. MB councelors work for 30 minutes. During this time the
ASM's work with the new scouts on rank advancement. Then we have the troop
meeting for an hour working on MB's, interpatrol games, etc. We pace the
program to get our new scouts to second class by December.
5. We limit the troop to 4 patrols. This may seem large, but about 25% of
the boys do not show up on each campout so it works out to have about 7 boys
6. Our SPL is fantastic. Former SPL's are now our JASM's. He does the
planning at the PLC. Adults are informed by him at the campout of their
7. The SM and one or two ASM's work with the SPL in making the PLC agenda.
We also modify the JLT course to include team dynamics that many of us learn
at work. Our PLC can plan a camporee with assistance from the leaders and do
a good job.
8. To keep your younger scouts under some form of control on outings, STRESS
the buddy system!
ASM, Troop 193
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