Carol Breuer (CBreuer@VINES.COLOSTATE.EDU)
Thu, 24 Aug 1995 08:07:32 MDT
>I had a question regarding the message that was posted regarding letting the
>scouts switch patrols.
> Do you have any problems with scouts, especially "non-gang" scouts to
>move to other patrols. Do the new patrol members accept these new scouts to
>their patrols. On addition, how does the old patrol leader feel when one of
>his patrol members moves to another patrol?
The troop I was referring to does not seem to have any major problems with
this system, but no system is perfect. As far as acceptance; when a scout
wants to join a different patrol, the scouts in that patrol have to agree to
accept him. I only know of one case in the last two years that I have worked
with this troop that the patrol did not let the scout join, and yes, there
were some hurt feelings for a short time, but the scout handled it and the
adult leaders really felt it worked out for the best.
If there was a big problem I am sure the SM or another leader would do some
counseling as needed. The leaders do keep track of these changes, especially
among the older scouts, and the idea is to allow the scouts to be with a
patrol where they can enjoy Scouting.
As far as the old patrol leader's feelings on this, I don't have a good
answer. But since such changes are accepted practice in this troop and have
been for a number of years, I haven't seen a lot of negative feelings toward
a scout that changes patrols. But these are good questions, and as troop
elections are coming up next month, I will keep them in mind and watch more
Thanks for the feedback,
Carol Breuer, Fort Collins, CO
Asst. District Commissioner
. . . I used to be an eagle, NC-155
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