Re: Teaching the Patrol Method
Sun, 7 Apr 1996 10:58:06 -0400
On Sat, 6 Apr 1996, Lew Orans wrote:
> At 07:40 PM 4/4/96 -0800, you wrote:
> >Has anybody developed an in-troop program for teaching the patrol
> >We would like to implement the concepts in a tangible way such as role
> >playing, demonstration, and/or skits.
> Start with B-P -- "Scouting is a Game with a Purpose." Play the Game as it
> was meant to be played. Organize the troop and patrols as suggested in the
> BSA literature. Elect your PLs and SPLs. Use the Patrol Leaders' Council to
> plan, plan, plan. Train them according to the SM JLT Kit including the
> "Continuing Opportunities" section. And -- USE THE PATROL METHOD. Let the
> Boys do their best. Let their leaders do their best. Coach and Guide the
> leaders. Have the Boy Leaders (SPL, ASPL, etc.) help. Use the resources
> already available -- Woods Wisdom is a key. Then let the boys lead, let
> them stumble, support and use patrols in all things. When you think of the
> troop for any reason (health included) check the patrols first.
There is a little known BSA program which actually encourages Scouts to
have better patrols. It is called the Baden-Powell Patrol Award. There
are eight requirements having to do with Patrol functions and Patrol
Spirit. These are completed over three months. Successful completion
results in the Scouts being able to were a star directly underneath their
patrol patch on their uniform.
Depending on who you talk to, this program is said to be defunct.
However, it continues to show up in new BSA literature and the stars are
still sold (at least at my Scout Shop). Even if it is no longer an
official part of the program, it can have a positive impact on your
Michael Kauffmann email@example.com
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