Patrol Flag (Was Advancement Requirement)
Alan Houser (troop24@EMF.NET)
Thu, 27 Jul 1995 23:42:21 -0700
Jim Sleezer <JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET> wrote:
>Requirement Number 7 for Tenderfoot says:
>Know your patrol name, give the patrol yell, and describe your patrol flag.
>I recently sat on a Board of Review where a number of members of the new
>scout patrol appeared for Tenderfoot. The patrol has a name, but no flag
>and, to the best of my knowledge, no patrol yell. However, each scout had
>been given credit for having completed this requirement.
>If you were a member of the Board of Review, how would you have handled the
>situation? I'll be glad to share how I handled it but I would appreciate
>some comments from the list before I do.
I have to plead guilty in this situation. As Scoutmaster I had passed
last year's New Scouts on this requirement by asking them to show me or
describe the design for the flag they were supposedly making. The drawings
had a consistent theme in them, though no two were exactly alike. However,
by the end of the year (after they had all earned their Tenderfoot rank),
there was no flag! There are lots of directions the fingers can point
here (including at me), but the result is that the patrol never really did
gel that year. We have some serious discussions ahead at the first PLC
meeting this fall.
Alan R. Houser ** Scoutmaster, Berkeley Troop 24 ** email@example.com
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