Re: New Scout Patrol/Experienced Scout Patrol
Alan Houser (troop24@EMF.NET)
Wed, 28 Feb 1996 23:59:15 -0800
George Hay Kain, III <ghkain@CYBERIA.COM> asked about reorganizing
well-functioning patrols after the New Scout year is over.
Don't do it!
Three years ago, we had an excellent recruiting year and ended up with two
New Scout Patrols, with two very capable Troop Guides. (Two dens joined
the troop at different times.) Both patrols worked very well, and one
ended up as the top patrol for the year. But they were slightly unbalanced.
One had four members, the other nine! We thought that we could perhaps
improve on the dynamics by combining them and redividing into two more
evenly matched patrols. A disaster that we are only just beginning to
work our way out of, almost 2 years later. Whatever undefinable chemistry
that made them work so well together before simply evaporated and we
don't know how to put it back. Mind you, we still have twelve of the 15
Scouts still in the troop, and all have made it to First Class and beyond,
even to Life, but they sure don't work together like they used to.
Like they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it!
Alan R. Houser ** Scoutmaster, Berkeley Troop 24 ** email@example.com
** WWW page ** http://www.emf.net/~troop24/t24.html **
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