Thanks for the Advice
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Fri, 29 Mar 1996 10:58:04 EST
Just a note to thank everyone who responded to me privately and
publically with advice on my "Rapid Growth's Problems" post a few days
ago (I'm sorry it was so long, BTW). The thoughts and advice was
uniformly excellent--really! I printed out every post, and will be
cogitating upon them over the next couple of weeks.
To summarize, most of you felt that 9 boys (or even more) was okay in
a patrol, because this assured that at least 7 or so would usually be
available for camping trips. So, I won't worry about that one
All of you felt that the potential problem I alluded to (i.e., the
perception that I was "stealing boys" from the other troop's feeder
pack) was a non-problem. I agree with this consensus and appreciate
the advice. A couple of you suggested a friendly chat with the other
SM might be appropriate, which I will no doubt have plenty of
opportunity for, as we see each other frequently at RT and other
places around the district.
There was much less consensus on the merits (or lack of same) of the
new scout patrol concept. We've rehashed this on the list before,
however, so I won't go into it again.
Finally, there was no consensus on how to reorganize the troop once
the new boys are considered experienced scouts. Opinions varied all
the way from "don't do anything," to "reorganize all the patrols."
The only common thread was--let the boys decide! This is, of course,
always sage advice.
SM, Troop 113
GW District, NCAC
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City