Re: Troop Structure Question?
JAMES A SHECKELS (sheckej@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Fri, 8 Mar 1996 08:51:27 -0800
Kathie C. wrote:
>ALL troop youth leaders become a member of the leadership patrol (used
to be>called the leadership corps) and no longer remain in individual
patrols,>thus making room for new members into their original patrol
(guaranteeing>survival of the patrol so it does grow dead growing old).
>>Keeping in mind --- the ONLY method is the PATROL METHOD.
Nope. That is only one way of handling the Troop staff. MANY of our
BSA Boy Scout program materials specifically suggest that the Troop
staff comes from Patrol members, who remain as members of their Patrol
as well as perform Troop staff functions. Of course, the majority of
Troops I have worked in and around do function as Kathy stated - with a
Patrol of staff members, generally with the ASPL as their Patrol
This is still the PATROL method, either way. I believe when the
Founder stated that the Patrol method is the only method he was telling
us that a BOY led small group is the only way to do it right. Having a
separate Troop staff does not go against B-P's guidance; neither does a
staff which is part of a "standard" Patrol.
BTW, JMO, watch the absolute statements - 'cause Scouting IS NOT an
exact science, don't ya know! ;-)
YIS Jim Sheckels I used to be a Bobwhite....
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City