Re: new scouts patrol
Bob Cataldo (rcataldo@BLENHEIM.COM)
Tue, 11 Jun 1996 17:56:02 -0500
My son's troop ( I am advancement chairman, round table rep,
etc....), we are now letting the boys do about 75% of the joib
themselves. Five years ago there were 6 boys in the troop, we now
The patrol elections are good and bad. One rule we have is that the
patrol leaders must be 1st class or above. This gives a little
control on who can be elected.
Our new scouts are put in other patrols. We spread them out. We don't
want them segregated by age ( and talent! ).
We assign older boys as troop guides ( a leadership position which
is required for higher ranks! ). The guides are each assigned a
specific group of scouts.
As far as "awards" are concerned. we have 4 court of honors a year
where we give out the rank advancements, merit badges, etc. We have
usually one board of review each month for advancement. Every week I
go over with the troop who is on my list that goes to council. This
way if there was any advancement, they tell me.
We ( the planning committee ) do all the trip planning - since we
drive! This was done two weeks ago for the upcoming year. The parents
were sent this list. Tonight is our last meeting of the year ( it is
hard with finals this week and next week!). We will ask our new
parents for help in our next season's program ( as well as summer
Based on what we have planned for trips, the patrol leaders make up
the meeting plans for training - cooking, shopping, packs, tents,
It is good to have the boys run the troop, but they do need guidance.
Also, all the new boys should NOT be in one or two patrols together.
They have that is school and should get away from their peer group!
Just my ideas/comments.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City