Re: New Troop (sort of)
Doug Flewelling (dougf@GROUSE.UMESVE.MAINE.EDU)
Tue, 14 Mar 1995 10:39:42 -0500
Nancy Smith writes:
>This Troop now has 18 boys, all ages 10-12. ...
>...the Troop really can't be run with a regular patrol method because there
>are > no older boys for the younger ones to learn from."
I was the first Patrol Leader of a new Troop with six boys when I was 11. I
read the Patrol Leader Handbook (which used to be worth reading) and made
mistakes. A year later the Troop had grown to two patrols and I was elected
I know that it is not as easy as having older boys around, but running the
Troop with the Patrol Method is the only way to make this work. I would
create three patrols and elect a Senior Patrol Leader and three Patrol
Leaders and let them make some mistakes.
Your husband, who is SM whether he admits it or not, MUST take the
responsibility of training the leaders. The way this was done in my Troop
was a Troop Leaders weekend which was a combination of planning the year's
program, a little how-to, and lots of 'bonding' time which helped us (the
boys) think of ourselves as a team of leaders. I think this method is a
form of what is recommended in the SM handbook these days.
It sounds like you have some very good parents to form the Troop committee.
They need to be retrained for Boy Scouting. They could probably benefit
from a training weekend also where they are taught how to coach and not do
for their boys.
They only down side to all this is that you have to keep growing this Troop
a little each year because you'll have so many hotshot leaders by age 13
that you'll need fresh troops to lead. ;-)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City