Summary: Past SPL Problem
Robert Morley (Rmorley@STATE.MA.US)
Tue, 25 Jun 1996 10:15:03 -24000
Well, I must admit that I was surprised by the lack of varying answers to the
question that I posed about a week ago. I asked the list what I should do
with the SPL and ASPL once their term of office is over, and they are not re-
The perdominant answer (and the one that I plan to follow), is to move them
back into their "home" patrol. The main impetus for this was to keep them in
contact with the younger scouts. A few posters also suggested assigning them
as troop guides to that patrol, if they are qualified for the position.
Severl people suggested assigning these past leader to other positions of
responsibility such as quartermaster, or even JASM (if eligible).
A venture crew was also suggested, not so much for the SPL and ASPL, but for
the older boys in general to make them feel special and would help to retain
their interests in scouting.
Some scouters told of the "Older Scout Patrol", and how it worked great for
them. While others spoke of this old scouts patrol as a hangout for the
older scouts and a distration for the younger scouts. From all that I read,
it seems that it depended on the makeup of the troop, and responsibilities
that are put on this patrol. It can work, if you set it up right, and
everyone is behind the idea. However, it can also fail miserably, if it is
mismanaged, or used as a dumping ground for older scouts.
I put together this little list of PROS and CONS of putting the SPL/ASPL back
in the patrol.
Put SPL/ASPL back in patrol
1. interaction with older/younger scouts
2. Scout has appreciation for the tough job of SPL
3. Does not leave patrols with only young scouts.
1. possiblity of SPL/ASPL getting leadership position in patrol therby
restricting this position to the younger but experienced scouts.
2. The scout may feel demoted.
In conclusion, It seems to me that the use of an Older Scout Patrol depends
on several factors. First you will need to have a troop big enought so that
the removal of the SPL and ASPL from the patrol will not put the patrols at a
disadvantage. In addition, the Older Scout Patrol should be a privilege that
the scout needs to earn rather than a obligation the troop gives scouts of a
certain age. There must also be someone who will take charge and lead this
Old Scout Patrol, with oversight from a JASM or such.
Without these things in place the Older Scout Patrol may not bet the best bet
for your troop. We currently have 22 members in our troop. We are expecting
10 more by February. I expect that we might create anohter patrol, but it
won't be an Older Scout Patrol.
I hope this information helps, and I apologize in advance for being a little
bias in my summary.
Yours in Scouting,
Old Colony Council
Eagle Scout '82
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City