Re: New Scout Patrols
Gerald Belton (gbelton@MAILHOST.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Mon, 10 Apr 1995 08:39:43 -0500
>I obviously missed the original posting about this topic. I will relate how
>I understand it works and if wrong could someone clear it up for me? You are
>now supposed to group your patrols by age, instead of having mixed age levels
Sorry, I didn't mean to shout. But with all of the training and roundtables
that are available, I don't know why so many scouters still don't understand
the concept of the new scout patrol.
The new scout patrol is for, well, new scouts. They elect a patrol leader
from among themselves, and they rotate this position often enough that
everyone gets a chance to experience leadership early in his scout career.
The patrol leader being inexperienced himself, he draws on the resources of
the Troop Guide who is an older, experienced scout. The troop guide advises
the patrol leader and teaches scouting skills to the patrol. There is also
an assistant scout master assigned to work with the new scouts.
The goal is to get all of the scouts up to first class in the first year.
After that, the scouts don't stay together (which would result in patrols
grouped by age) but they are absorbed into existing patrols. When the
existing patrols grow too large, you divide them up by your troop's favorite
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City