Re: New Scout Patrols
H. Alan Schup (aschup@WHY.NET)
Fri, 4 Apr 1997 17:29:50 -0500
Thanks for the replies so far... I did not communicate myself as clear as
I could have...
As a clarification:
By reference to puberty as a guideline, I am thinking of what to do with a
14 year old, 6 ft tall, 180-lb linebacker who joins the troop. He can't
join the 10 year olds...
And as far following the program verbatim: Yes, the "new boy patrols"
disband after a year, but usually the patrols group by age, and from what I
am told by the other SMs, the members of the new patrols stay together even
if you force a patrol name change. Thus, essentially the groups do not
change very much. The older scouts do not want to have association with
the 11-12 yr olds once the "new scout patrol" is disbanded and want to join
The comments I received about putting an older scout as PL in the younger
patrols came from men who have been Scoutmaster for decades in troops over
25-50 years old. The stated problem is that if the patrols form first and
a leader is elected from the groups formed natually by age/rank, problem
arise. Is the solution to have PL elections at large, then have the
members go to the patrol leader they want?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City