Re: New Scout Patrols
HENRY S. HEINE (hheine@WELCHLINK.WELCH.JHU.EDU)
Wed, 16 Apr 1997 07:49:03 -0400
The experiment Chuck describes is precisely what I did several years ago.
I had several small groups of Webelos bridge early in staggered amounts
and one large den come in together. We took the small groups and fit them
into existing patrols as they bridged. We took the large Den and made it
a new scout patrol. Being a scientist by profession I saw this as a great
opportunity to see which really worked best.
In our hands the boys placed in existing patrols faired better. They
integrated into the Troop better, have been retained longer, advanced
more smoothly. The main problem I have observed with the New Scout Patrol
centers all on the Guide. You can put one of your most experienced and
reliable boys there (assumeing he is willing to do it in the first place)
and in most cases they still "burn out". The age differences are usually
too great. At Troop 615 we've found that the "mixed mentoring" approach of
an existing Patrol seems to create a gradient of understanding and
tolerance for the younger boys by the older boys. The ages in between
balance and buffer the differences in maturity and social developement.
But this is just one Troop's observations.
Hank Heine email@example.com
SM Troop 615,COR Pack 461
National Pike Dist.
Baltimore Area Council
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