Re: New Scout Patrols
Murphy Peter (MurphyP@RND3.INDY.TCE.COM)
Fri, 4 Apr 1997 08:18:00 EST
I am uncomfortable with allowing the new Scout patrol to become a
permanent patrol. Partly for the reasons cited by Mr. Schup. But also
because then you have one patrol for each grade level in the troop
which means some of the older patrols would be small and ineffective.
But the biggest problem is that the younger boys would be deprived
of the advantage of having an experienced older Scout in their patrol
to teach them and to be their mentor. And older Scouts would be
deprived of the opportunity to be teachers and mentors of fellow
patrol members if they are all the same age.
Therefore, I feel it is important to send the boys of the new Scout
patrol into the permanent patrols as soon as possible. The problem
is that by the time the new Scouts reach First Class or one year in the
troop, they have bonded well and want to stay together in their own
patrol. So I've done it the opposite way. I send older Scouts into
what was the new Scout patrol. These boys joining the patrol
formally known as the new Scout patrol may include the Troop
Guide, a retiring SPL or ASPL who now must join a patrol again.
I don't force the boys into the patrol, but discuss the opportunities,
advantages, needs of the troop and patrol, and consider the
sizes and age distribution when choosing a patrol to join. Once
you break the barrier with a couple of older Scouts in the patrol
you may find more migration between patrols and the age lines
will blur even more which is what I want to see.
Peter M. Murphy :: firstname.lastname@example.org
SM T125, TC P125, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church
Del-Mi District, Crossroads of America Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City