Re: Patrol Re-organization
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Wed, 16 Apr 1997 18:46:04 -0500
> 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?
Patrol membership is in the boys' domain. They are not assigned patrols,
they group up their own patrols. At the beginning of each calendar year
we ask for an updated listing of patrols. We suggest they survey their
options and make some choices. The boys can remain in the same patrol,
change patrols, or create a new patrol. We usually get a combination of
all the options.
Scouts can also change patrols during the year, but I don't encourage it.
It's their troop, I'm just the Scoutmaster. They determine their own
patrol structure. It's not a perfect system, but it seems to work fairly
well for us.
As for new Scout patrols, yes and no. If a group of new Scouts want to
be a separate patrol, then they do it. If a new Scout would like to join
an existing patrol and they also want him, then that's what happens.
We have a JASM and a Troop Guide that works with new Scouts (whatever
their patrol) to ensure they are active and happy in the troop. They
also work with the new Scouts and the Troop Instructors through "First Class
Express" (Our program to help them advance and learn basic skills).
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33; DeKalb, Illinois
Three Fires Council BSA
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