Re: Troop Structure Question?
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Wed, 6 Mar 1996 11:30:06 -0600
Michael Napoli wrote:
>We had a very top-heavy Troop with a Senior Patrol consisting of >half of
the boys. When they turned 18, we basically lost all of >them.
Part of your problem, Mike, was that "senior patrol".
What was their function within the Troop? If they had no valid
function, except for you to retain them as members, that was part
of the problem. Did you try to "employ them" as Junior
Assistant Scoutmasters? Instructors? As a Venture Crew?
>Currently we have an SPL, ASPL, Troop Quartermaster, and Troop >Scribe.
The two individuals holding the Scribe and quartermastr >position will more
than likely be elected to SPL, and the other >will be appointed ASPL by the
new SPL. The current SPL will take >over Troop Guide. Our Troop is
contemplating having the SPL >elect his Troop Staff from individuals within
Why don't you do what the BSA says? The Senior Patrol Leader is
elected by the membership of the Troop. He appoints the Assistant
Senior Patrol Leader, the Scribe, the Quartermaster, Den Chiefs,
Instructors and the Troop Guide from the membership of the Troop
with some coaching by the Scoutmaster. The Scoutmaster should insure that
those Scouts appointed for a Troop office are trained,
coached and allowed to use that training in working with the
SPL and the Troop. While it will come out "the senior boys gets
the positions", this is not a given and you'll find some younger
boys with more potential and willingness to serve.
>We want to avoid at all expenses a top-heavy Troop and are
>therefore contemplating having boys who remain in the patrols but
>will assume a Troop Staff position.
That's the way the BSA envisioned it, Mike... the Senior Patrol
Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader aren't in a Patrol; everyone else
is. You can also create a "staff patrol" (not
recommended by me, but others may have had some positive experience with
that format) for the Senior Patrol Leader, ASPL,
Scribe, Quartermaster, and perhaps a couple other officers.
(The problem with this "staff patrol" is the same one you have
experienced with the "senior patrol"...after a while, the membership of the
Patrol stop considering themselves Troop officers and are thinking "Patrol"
instead of "Troop". It takes
a lot to keep them on track as Troop officers.)
Let your SPL appoint his staff, and let them remain in their
patrols to add additional leadership to the Patrol Leaders in those patrols.
If you have some older boys that resist being a part of a Patrol, create a
Venture Crew and let them function as a Crew, with an elected Crew Leader
and an appointed Assistant Crew Leader.
Hope that this helps out, Michael!
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