Re: New Scout Patrol
Tim McCormick (timmac@AIRMAIL.NET)
Tue, 5 Mar 1996 18:41:05 -0600
>We (my son and I) had our first Troop meeting. There we accomplished
>quite a bit! We formed the New Scout Patrol with 9 boys...
Did you form a new patrol within an existing troop, or form a new troop? If
the former jump to below. Else, you might want to quickly divide that into
two smaller patrols as patrols are generally supposed to remain at or below
8. Read in the back of the Scout handbook for more info.
>What is an acceptable time period for a patrol leader?
The idea of the New Scout Patrol is to get new boys introduced to the ways
of Scouting, not to make them immediately masters of said ideas and
responsibilities. Don't worry if he doesn't get enough experience now, he
has the rest of his Scouting career to get that experience, and with your
encouragement he will continue on and have a great time with it.
I must say, the New Scout Patrol is not intended to function all by
itseld as an older patrol would. It is to have the assistance of two key
people, the Troop Guide--an older boy who has already learned the
fundamentals and wants to share them with younger boys, and an Assistant
Scoutmaster. That's a lot of attention. And it's designed that way because
those boys need a lot of attention and care. Don't be afraid to read up in
both the Scout handbook and the Scoutmaster handbook. Both have an
invaluable amount of wisdom!
Finally, I highly encourage you to have your boy go to summer camp. Of
our new Scout patrol last year, we had a dramatic demonstration of how
important it can be. The only boys still with us are the ones who went to
summer camp. There is always some type of hammer patrol, or trail to eagle
or some such program specifically designed for Scouts who have not yet
attained First Class rank. This really gives them a head start and
encourages them greatly.
Tim McCormick Committee Chairman
System Admin Troop 199, Sanger, TX
Thomas Nelson/Word Frontier Trails District
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