Re: New Scout Patrol/Experienced Scout Patrol
Amick Robert (amick@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Wed, 28 Feb 1996 14:59:26 -0700
This is a tough situation to deal with, and there is no "black and white"
answer. It really depends on the individuals in the patrol. Remember,
the Scouts come first, and if they want to stay together, it is a good
idea to listen to them. Adult intervention without a good reason often
is a very destructive process, and results in Scouts leaving the troop
over "little" things that never get communicated back. They just leave
and most of the time, neither the Scout nor the parents communicate their
concerns; rather they just leave and join another troop or drop out
altogether. A better alternative is to explore options with the patrol
and let them sort out what they want to do. Sometimes putting an
experienced troop guide and a good adult patrol advisor with them is far
more beneficial than breaking them up into other patrols.
On the other hand if you have a dysfunctional patrol due to personality
conflicts, or other problems, changing some of the players into other
patrols where there is compatibility can be helpful, but again should be
done in careful consultation with the individual Scouts.
When you have "esprit de corps" in a patrol
don't try to "fix it if it ain't broke." In older times, patrols were
known to remain together throughout their Scouting career. New members
could join if they chose too, but the camraderie and spirit of the patrol
was kept intact. Friendship and trust between Scouts is a very important
aspect, and if any intervention results in disrupting that relationship,
a "pandora's box" of troubles and conflicts can occur. It isn't worth
the hassle of dealing with the fallout when it didn't need to happen in
the first place.
Bob Amick, Explorer Advisor, High Adventure Explorer Post 72, Boulder, CO
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City