Re: Large Troop Organization
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Sun, 12 Mar 1995 18:18:59 -0500
> 1. Should we create 8 integrated patrols of 8 boys each, and merge
>the patrols as they shrink due to attrition - assuming that we will
>probably drop to about 40 boys? Or should we start with the number of
(patrols we think we'll end up with -- _very_ large patrols)
Less than two weeks ago, I gave the presentation on patrol organization at
our local SLT course. The official position, which I am inclined to agree
with, is that patrols be large enough to be functional yet small enough to
allow for growth. Therefore, given 64 boys I would reccommend you form nine
or ten patrols.
Personally, I don't like the assumption that you will (quickly?) lose more
than a third of your membership -- "probably drop to about 40 boys". I
would hope your troop would be able to maintain a membership level near its
new large size for some years.
Should the patrols become too small to be functional, only then would I
suggest you merge or reorganize them.
Whether you form patrols of new scouts, ie adhere to the "New Scout Patrol"
idea as outlined in the BSA literature, is up to you. Given the abundance
of new Scouts as a percentage of your membership, my personal inclination is
> 2. In structuring the troop leadership, do we need more leadership
>positions? For example, 2 ASPL's - one to coordinate the 8-10 PL's and
IMO, 2 ASPL's is a good idea. This is something I saw fairly often in the
past, but since there are no large troops in my area, I do not see it now.
Also, make liberal use of the JASM's if you have qualified youth. You
might also want to have 2 QM's and possibly two Scribes as well.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City