Re: WB patrols
Kim Hannemann (KHANNEMANN@WORLDBANK.ORG)
Thu, 20 Jun 1996 12:43:49 +0000
Keith Tilley wrote:
>Patrick Lam wrote:
>>Right... I used to be a Screaming Bat; my friend used to be a
>>Flying Frog; I know of Beadbeggars, Snowy Owls, Roadkill, and so
>>on. It means that the patrol/six/whatever gets to choose its own
>>name, which is an additional team exercise...
>Does this happen a lot? The Cub Scout Wood Badge Staff Guide says
>we're not permitted to change the names of the Dens.
I think Patrick is Canadian, and the WB program there allows the
patrols to choose their own names. BSA WB has a different tradition,
and encourages to some extent the "families" of Beavers, Bobwhites,
etc. not only from the SAME WB course, but from ALL WB courses. So
you are part of a patrol (your WB patrol of 8), and that patrol _as
it has existed through time_; your Troop (your course), and that
Troop _as IT has existed through time_ (Troop 1, Gilwell).
This is similar to the tradition (encouraged in the BSA SM handbook)
of maintaining patrols in a troop over time, rather than changing
them every year. Sometimes fathers are able to see their sons join
the same patrol in the same troop they were in 25 years before.
In our WB course (NCAC 82-65) the staff were in a special patrol -
Staff - and sang, "I used to be a Staffer . . ." as a group. There
were some occasions on which they sange the verse of their own
patrols, but not many. And they were pleased to be recognized by both
their own patrols, with some special gift; and by the patrols for
which they were counselors, by "adoption" as "honorary" members.
Kim Hannemann (KHannemann@worldbank.org)
Troop 1140, NCAC (and a good ol' Castor canadensis, too)
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