Re: New Scout Patrol/Experienced Scout Patrol
Roy Regalado (rjr@CTS.COM)
Wed, 28 Feb 1996 22:08:00 PST
>The issue is that some of the Troop Committee feel that once the "New Scout
>Patrol" has completed its first year, it should be broken up and the members
>farmed out to "round out" the other older patrols in membership. They point
>to language in the Boy Scout Handbook, p. 10, which reads as follows: "Once
Refer back to the very first sentence on page 10....
"...a group of three to eight boys who ENJOY Scouting together.
The emphasis naturally should be on the enjoy part. Our troop has discussed
this issue, I presented it to the boys, and they decided to stay as they were.
The new scout patrol is only an option, and works well for us when an
established group of Webelos cross over. New guys who come in alone are
'adopted' by a patrol for a short time and then they can join any patrol
that will have them.
The only time I would feel it necessary to make a forced change would be to
keep guys from killing each other. We've been fortunate not to have had any
conflicts in over three years. Every six months I remind the boys they can
change patrols if they want to and I keep an eye out for potential problems.
Works for us.
Let the boys decide! Keep the 'BOY' in Boy Scouts of America!
Good Luck, YIS,
Roy Regalado - Architect, Scouter, Coach, Cook, Philosopher, Husband,
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