Re: Rapid Growth's Problems
Adam Gray (agray@ECN.PURDUE.EDU)
Wed, 27 Mar 1996 18:04:01 -0500
Hi, I have some expierince back when I was a SPL with with both the rapid
growth and decline so I thought I would just share a little of what I
First, I would like to say that you are consulting your boys on this. I
was in both positions as a youth and I believe the troop was much more
sucessful when the youth were allowed to make thier own mistakes.
Anyway, I do not think nine is too many to have in a new boy patrol. At
least in my troop we usually had a troop guide and an ASM helping out the
patrol and it is easier if they are all together when you want to work
on advancement to first class.
I think once you feel they are ready to enter regular patrols spliting
them up might be good. What we did when we had a large growth was just
to totally reorganize. After the SPL and ASPL were elected we allowed
a generaly election of three patrol leaders to try to get the three best
people. The patrol leaders were then allowed to choose thier apls. The
rest of the boys were asked to fill out questioners. From the qustioners
the plc then tried to form patrols that could work well together and spread
out the ages a little bit while trying to keep friends together.
This is just an idea and I hope it gives you something to think about. IT
did seem to work well for out troop. I believe the patrols which I set up
about 5 years ago are still going strong.
About your sister troop. I would talk to the other scout master and tell
him that you have no intention trying "steal" he new boys. I bet that
he will be more understanding then you think.
-Adam D. Gray
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City