JASON CRUSE (jcruse@DU.EDU)
Sun, 10 Nov 1996 08:05:07 -0700
I just returned from camping with my two patrols. I noticed a difference
in the boys, and have a question for the esteemed body.
I have no boy over the age of 13 in my troop. My SPL will be 14 in
January. I have a large patrol of boys whose ages are 12 - 13 and
another large patrol of new scouts. (about 12 boys in all)
The older boys (including the SPL) are not interested in the slighest in
patrol method. Consequently, the new scouts generally done with their
chores much quicker than the older boys. The older onese really don't
seem to care about any of this (which may explain why they are stalled in
advancement, too, since they don't get to do very much because of their
lack of interest in getting things done).
At first I thought it went with the age, but have ruled that out. As
boys have moved from the new scout patrol to the other one, they have
been interested in the patrol method, but quickly lose interest when the
other boys show none.
Nearly all of the troop has been to junior leader training at least
twice, except for some of the newer scouts.
Any thoughts? This older patrol is frustrating the camping program in
general, and their assistant scoutmasters and me (and parents).
-- Jason A. Cruse
University of Denver
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