Re: new scouts patrol
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Thu, 13 Jun 1996 07:56:53 -0400
> 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.!
There should be two helpers for your new scout patrol: an Assistant Scout
Master, and a Troop Guide (older scout). Neither are there to cook their
pancakes or tuck them in to bed at night, but both are there to see that
they elect a leader, that the leader learns how to lead, and that they
learn from their mistakes without getting too deeply into trouble.
Paul H. Brown, UC, GW District, National Capital Area Council, BSA
I wuz an Antelope (82-66). Now working my ticket.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City