Re: new scouts patrol
Glenn E Schwartzberg (gschwartz@EARTHLINK.NET)
Wed, 12 Jun 1996 07:58:30 -0400
At 14:31 06/11/96 PDT, you wrote:
>Since I never introduced myself earlier: My son just wanted to be a cub
>scout... I have served four years as Committee Chair and Assistant Den Leader.
> All the scouts in our den completed the entire four years and only one did
>not continue to Boy Scouts. I also had a Tiger Cub who ever so proudly became
>a Cub Scout earlier this month. I only have how many years to go? Anyways, I
>have been quite involved in the Pack and will also become involved in the
>troop. I have had a wonderful and busy four years.
>Here's the reason I am writing.
However, I am wondering if it wouldn't be appropriate to
>have a leader observe the new patrols for awhile. (There are plenty of
>leaders available). During the elections, one of the boys who did not have
>any votes started bad mouthing my son who had half the votes. My son is very
>timid and was badly hurt by this "friend". The scouts changed their votes and
>my son left the meeting. I did explain to him that he should have stayed and
>told his friend that those comments hurt, were not true, and it was not good
>scout behavior. He was too upset and humiliated to do this. I explained that
>the other boys should actually been more impressed with his ability to handle
>the situation rather than be laughed at as a crybaby - he lost points with the
>boys by leaving. (BTW, although I'm his mother, I personally don't think he
>was ready for Patrol Leader but, of course, didn't tell him that.)
>Anyways, just looking for an opinion on helping the boys understand this whole
>new situation they have been thrown into. When your involved, you know what
>to do. You can see the floundering in the new scouts' faces -- Where do I go?
> What do I do? Nobody told them they had to go the Awards person after they
>finished their scout rank if they ever wanted the award. They assumed since
>the Scoutmaster signed off, it was a done deal..... until after four weeks and
>they still had not been recognized.
> The troop is great overall, but I'm just wondering if the new scouts should
>have at least 3-6 months of observation with just a little input from leaders?
> I don't have a problem with letting them flounder and make mistakes and eat
>terrible looking pancakes after they have somewhat of a clue.!
>Costa Mesa, CA
A couple of things, First, when national reccomended separating new scouts
into their own patrol, they created a new leadership position called Troop
Guide. This position is intended to be a mentoring position of a older/more
experienced scout to the new patrol. He is not the patrol leader but assists
the patrol along the way.(things like planning menus, working on rank
advancement, cooking demos, etc)
Second, with the new scout patrol, the recommendation was not to have an
elected patrol leader, but to change patrol leaders on a regular basis(1-2
months) to give all the scouts a chance.
Third, Many troops assign one or more ASM's to be the "patrol dad" to watch
over each patrol. Some have gotten smart and suggest to the troops plc when
to step in to help the patrol(can you say "a boy run troop"), others deal
directly with the issues.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City