Re: Patrol Names
Marc Solomon (msolomon@TEK1.TEKNIQ.COM)
Tue, 12 Mar 1996 16:47:04 -0600
At 01:06 AM 3/2/96 -0600, Rob R. Hathaway wrote:
>Marc Solomon[SMTP:msolomon@TEK1.TEKNIQ.COM] wrote:
>>Renaming a patrol every year strips the patrol of its continuity.
>Almost invariably, though,
>patrols would elect new patrol leaders every year. This is what destroyed
>continuity! We would go from a well organized team to a disorganized
>Troop elections would start with election of a new SPL, it was almost always
>a new SPL, because Scoutmaster conferences were largely discussions of
>specific goals and next oportunities to shoot for. Following the election,
after conferences with current PLC and retiring SPL, and SM,
>the new SPL would be going around
>the troop, pulling boys aside and asking them to serve as one of his ASPL's,
>Troop Scribe, or QM, and of course, step up into the SENIOR PATROL.
>This effectively stripped all the patrols of their current experienced
>leadership and the stage would be set for the next meeting, when PL's
>were elected within each patrol.
In my troop, the APL usually became the next PL when the PL stepped up to
the leadership patrol or stepped down from leadership altogether. It was
considered part of the PL's job to train others to take his place just like
in business it is part of a managers job to train others to become managers.
I, too, fell in love with Scouting for the lessons in leadership Scouting
taught me. I still use those lessons, running my groups with everybody
having a say, but me making the final decisions. I still see my goal as a
leader to be to teach the others in my group how to lead. I have seen
numerous times in my career where my training from Scouts had paid off and i
could leave one group for another and know that I had left others to take my
place and run the group similar to how I would have.
Nowadays, when a PL leaves, he has trained no one to take his place. It
took him most of his tenure to learn the job and has no time to train the
This is not the way I think Scouting should be done. It takes away from the
Scouts teaching the Scouts which I feel is an important part of Boy Scouting!
Marc W. Solomon Unit Commissioner
email@example.com Sycamore District
firstname.lastname@example.org Blackhawk Council, IL
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