Re: New Scout Patrols
Steven Featherkile (madwolf@EARTHLINK.NET)
Tue, 15 Apr 1997 20:32:41 -0700
CHUCK BRAMLET wrote:
> I am not a big fan of the NSP....It _will_ be interesting...
I, too, am not a big fan of the New Scout Patrol. I think the boys
loose a lot by not having the older boys' help. When I was a Scout,
sometime in the midevil era, I was a member of the Rattlesnake Patrol of
Troop 2. The patrol had been in operation since the beginning of the
troop. In addition to me as a raw Tenderfoot, we had kids as old as 16
with their Eagle. And others inbetween. You can bet I learned a lot,
and quickly. The Troop recently had its 75th anniversary, and I'm proud
to say that the Rattlesnakes are still going strong. This sort of
tradition is lost with the NSP, that goes on to become a patrol on it's
own, stays together for a couple of years, merges with another patrol
because there are only a couple of boys left, etc., etc. That said, we
seem to use it anyway. This year, we had to reorganize the patrols.
The boys who had been Webelos together, and had been split up into other
patrols, decided to merge back together. Bowing to the inevitable, I
kept my mouth shut, even though one parent said, "I don't want my son in
the same patrol as ...name..., there will be trouble, and nothing will
get done. AAARRRGGGHHH!!!!! What's the answer? Does there have to be
an answer? Why is there air? Having reached geezerhood, I take longer
to make up my mind.
SM T319, La Mesa, CA
Even midwatch coffee is still kinda runny.
I used to be a Bobwhite, and before that, a Rattlesnake
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