Re: New Scout Patrols
Kirk Barley (kbarley@EROLS.COM)
Sat, 5 Apr 1997 10:53:34 -0500
I have found New Scout Patrols to be very successful with each crop of
Webelos who cross-over. The Patrol is much less effective with
individuals, expecially 6th and 7th graders, who should probably join
The Webelos who join, already have a pecking order and homogenious
background. They are socialized to the Scouting program. I haven't had
difficulty mixing new boys from different Packs either.
Boys who did not graduate from Webelos may do OK in New Scout Patrol,
but it depends upon how well the patrol accepts them.
That is where SM earn their money (all $0.00 of it), in determining
whether it's better to add the new join to a well integrated New Scout
Patrol that has boys who are leading and learning coopeeratively, or to
put them into a traditional patrol with more leadership and experience,
but a lower retention rate.
Blindly putting boys in Patrols by ANY arbitrary criteria is wrong. I
found the same with Venture. I had a real concern with a 12 year old
Eagle Scout (no new threads on this one please, he did earn it and could
lead better than most 14 year olds) doing Venture activities, and why
would I exclude a 14 year old tenderfoot, who recently joined to have
fun with his friends, from doing activities with them.
For most of these decisions apply the DOT (depends on the ...) rule.
MCB Quantico VA
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