Re: LDS troop sizes
Jeff Agle 5-5738 (jagle@CT.MED.GE.COM)
Fri, 12 May 1995 10:23:02 -0500
I am the Scoutmaster of an LDS Troop. We have about 25 registered, but many
of them are only semi-active (older than 13, still working on Eagle). In
our Ward (congregation) we don't have a Varsity program or an Explorer program
as has been stated is the typical LDS custom (directive).
I do have about 8 active boys. This makes a nice patrol, but only one.
Since we don't typically get all of the boys on a campout there is no
practical way I have found to split them up. This pretty much eliminates
Inter-Patrol competition events in our troop. This is a little frustrating.
Our Stake (a collection of congregations) does have an annual camporee
where the various troops meet and we do have some competitive events. This
is only once a year and while it is helpful, it doesn't really make up
Our Ward does have a Blazer patrol, but it has only two boys in it, and
they are each only 11 and a couple of days, so competitive events would be
pretty well biased to the older boys.
I have been trying to organize the older boys into a patrol, at least to
get them to come camping with us occasionally, but the troop committee
chairman isn't too keen on this idea. He is the former Scoutmaster and
current Young Men's President, has never been to training and has his own
ideas on how to run the program. They tend to be Scoutmaster run and not
all that consistent with the BSA program. (He is very successful in business
and very directive in his work style and he carried/carries it into the
So, yea, it would be nice to have another 8 and have another patrol, but
we keep on plugging away. (It might also help to differentiate between
the Senior Patrol Leader's job and the Patrol Leader's job).
Jeff Agle email@example.com
SM Troop 127
District Cub Scout Training Chairman
Potawatomi Area Council
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