Re: Patrol Size, WAS: Rapid Growth's Problems
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Fri, 29 Mar 1996 08:53:30 -0500
On Mar 28, 1996 09:01:23, '"Jeff L. Glaze" <jglaze@SUBASIC.SCIATL.COM>'
>Fellow Scouters on the list.... correct me if I am wrong, but is not the
>"ideal" patrol size considered to be eight? With this in mind, and because
>one can always participate in every activity, I have always felt that in a
>large Troop, the patrol sized 8-12 boys will often present itself for
>other activities with 6-8 boys, thus allowing for a reasonably full patrol
>activity, and plenty of Scouts available for duty roster assignments, and
That is exactly how I remember it and how we function. When a patrol gets
down as low as 7 or so we start reminding the PL that he is in need of new
members and needs to recruit from those who show up to join. If a patrol
of 7 has a couple of boys not show up it almost becomes too difficult to
function on a camping trip without everybody doing double duty and working
twice as hard.
We feel that we like to keep them near 10, will allow them to get to 11 or
12, but if it looks like it will grow much beyond that we think about
suggesting ways to "shrink" it.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City