Re: Switching Patrols
Jim Miller Jr. (jmillerjr@LSFCU.ORG)
Tue, 5 Mar 1996 11:52:00 +0000
Larry E. Tomlinson, Sr.<ltomlins@MNSINC.COM> asked about breaking
up existing patrols periodically.
My question about this is what are we trying to teach in terms of teamwork?
Do we want to teach these boys to work as a team only with those other
boys they started out with in a patrol or do we want to teach them how to
work as a team no matter whom they are teamed up with? The periodic
restructuring of patrols is essential if we want to promote teamwork amongst
boys who are from different backgrounds, age groups, schools,
neighborhoods, etc. One of my problems with the entire concept of the
New Boy Patrol has been the severe lack of teamwork between those 11
year-olds and the older boys in a unit.
I can only offer anecdotal evidence, but I thouroughly enjoyed having
to work with people in my patrol that I didn't associate with outside of the
Troop. When I was 11, my patrol leader was 14 - an eighth grader. I was
amazed and pleased by the simple fact that he would acknowledge my
existance, something that didn't happen in school. Those artificial
barriers were broken down in the context of the Troop. The other boys in
my Patrol ranged in age from 11 to 15, and we worked together. When I sat
in Skill Award classes with Scouts who were in High School and was not
treated as a child, but as a fellow Scout, I was amazed. When I became
a Patrol Leader at 13, I had to include everyone in the team, new Scouts
and old. I'd say that the true challenge of leadership is not in getting a
functioning group to work together, but more in taking a diverse group
of unfamiliar people and getting them to work as a team.
I guess it depends on what the goal of the Patrol method really is. If we
are just trying to get them to accomplish something as a group, then I see
no reason to change around the Patrols' membership. If, however, we are
trying to teach the boys how to "work and play well with others" then they
need to be changed around periodically, not only to let them see that they
can work with others and make new friends, but to give them the real
challenge of bringing that new group together and turning it into a Patrol
and not just a group of 8 Scouts who hang out together.
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