Re: New Scout Patrols
Marc Godbout (GodboutM@ANDOVERCONTROLS.COM)
Fri, 4 Apr 1997 07:37:28 -0500
>From: H. Alan Schup[SMTP:aschup@WHY.NET]
>Sent: Thursday, April 03, 1997 11:32 PM
>To: Multiple recipients of list SCOUTS-L
>Subject: New Scout Patrols
>I have a question for all. I decided to try to follow the BSA program of
>New Scout Patrols verbatim, including not mixing older scouts with the new
>(letting puberty being the major decision criteria, but not absolute). I
>have two very experienced Scoutmasters that wish me well, in that the New
>Scout Patrols do not seem to work after one year. These SMs warn me that
>once the members of the New Scout Patrols have earned the rank of First
>Class, that all the boys consider themselves equal and have trouble in
>following anyone their own age and rank as Patrol Leader.
>Has anyone else observed this, or have anything to add / comment about?
>One of the big problems here is that they are not all the same age. There's
>no way that an 11 year-old will ever listen to a 10.5 year-old. Those six
>months (or 1 month or especially 1 year) mean alot to the boys at that age.
>I tried the New Scout Patrol for one year, and it did not work well for me.
>This was in a troop which was mostly adult run, until I got there and ticked
>everybody off (the committee, not the boys) by insisting that we become
>boy-run. So maybe the fact that they were on a learning curve, as was I,
>contributed to the problem. I haven't tried it since then because our
>current method of the older boys teaching the younger ones is working fine.
>The older ones complain occasionally about all those younger ones fooling
>around, but I still think it's better than the New Scout Patrol concept,
>which reminds me more of a Cub Scout Den than a Boy Scout Patrol.
>SM Troop 98
>ASM Troop 412
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