Marc Godbout (GodboutM@ANDOVERCONTROLS.COM)
Wed, 16 Apr 1997 15:39:07 -0400
All these years I've been of a mind to keep patrols unchanged, except
for attrition and additions. My thinking was that this promotes a type
of patrol unity. Many on this list have mentioned their fond
remembrances of when they were in the Stag patrol, or whatever.
However, my son brought up an interesting point about patrol
re-organization. He recently changed patrols and said he would rather
mix up the patrols every year. He likes getting to know different
people. We're about the Baden-Powell "perfect" size troop at 38 boys and
it seems that this might actually be too big for boys to get to know
boys in different patrols. My son used a couple examples. One boy who
he formerly thought was a "geek" turned out to be a pretty cool guy.
Another boy who formerly was a pain in the neck is now a boy who is
having family problems.
So now I'm throwing this idea to the net. Have any troops tried total
patrol re-organization on a regular basis, and if so, are there any
other benefits or drawbacks?
SM Troop 98
ASM Troop 412
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