Re: Jumping from Scout to 1st Class
JASON CRUSE (jcruse@DU.EDU)
Mon, 16 Dec 1996 06:16:53 -0700
My troop has used both of the methods you described successfully. Both
have some drawbacks. For a while, the new scout patrol, with their ASM,
worked monthly on an additional theme to the Woods Wisdom theme. Then,
they realized that not every boy was ready for that--some were "too new"
(I never understood what that meant) but some had already done it and
were bored. The other problem was that not everything could be neatly
divided into three or four categories, unless one of them was the
nebulous "scout craft" or "scout skills" category.
What we do now is a combination of both. If most of the boys need a
specific skill to advance (regardless of their rank), like say most need
to work on first aid skills, then they will all do that. The few who
have done that, and need something else, break off by themselves with the
troop guide for individual instruction. We generally will invite someone
from outside the troop to come in and do the "big" teaching for something
like first, knots, orienteering, etc.
Finally, we also focus on these skills on campouts, so that when we come
back, each pre-first class scout has something additional (if not two or
three) signed off as well.
Hope this helps.
-- Jason A. Cruse
University of Denver
"Toujours en avant. Si Dieu avait voulu que l'homme reculat, il lui
aurait mis un oeil derriere la tete."
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