Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Mon, 2 Oct 1995 14:32:32 CST
I have already sent Ellen a message that I though her pain came from having
two patrols when it is only one den. It really should have been ONE patrol.
Then I got to thinking about how patrol names are chosen. It seems to me that
just picking a name from a list gives little value to the name. When I first
became a scout and was invited to join the Bold Beaver patrol (usually referred
to as just the Beavers), I learned that the patrol name had been selected
many years ago when the patrol was hiking along a stream and happened upon
a beaver dam. The heard the characteristic slap of a beaver tail to signal
danger but one old beaver wasn't so quick to run for the water. He stood his
ground in the middle of the trail until the patrol backed off and went around.
The patrol set up camp nearby and returned to watch the beaver at work. The
old guy (I never figured out how they knew he was old) never scurried off when
the danger signal was given. He just kept on working until that tree fell.
That night they decided to call themselves Bold Beavers. Every new scout that
joined the patrol heard that story around his first patrol campfire.
BTW, the Flaming Arrow patrol was so named because the patrol saw a shooting
star and decided it was really an arrow from the sky. Rumor was that the
panthers were named after a black cat that grew in someone's imagination!
I suggest that the selection of a patrol name for a Webelos den should not be
a simple sit down and pick a name. I would make it a process that took place
over time. The name should have a meaning for the den, even if it only lasts
for a year!!
BTW, I think patrols in troops should also select names that have meaning, not
just select something from the catalog!!
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