New Scout Patrol
Charles Batteau (B3ZAATN@CPSLSOPS.BELL-ATL.COM)
Thu, 17 Apr 1997 06:49:19 -0400
Steve Fetherkile wrote ...
> 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. ...
One other thing we do in our troop, is do what might be called
"inter-patrol learning." That is, during the instruction time, it
doesn't matter what patrol you're in -- the older boy teaches the
younger. That might mean we have a second class scout from the
Anaconda Patrol teaching a New Scout how to tie a clove hitch;
meanwhile, a Star Scout from the Flaming Arrows is teaching another
Anaconda AND a member of his own patrol how to make a back splice.
IMO, the main advantage to the NSP is on campouts and other outdoor
activities. At least in our troop, the older boys tended to monopolize
the cooking, tent setup, etc. because they could do it better ... well,
they could set up tents faster, anyway :-) In the NSP concept, the
boys are guaranteed to cook at every meal, and if the Troop Guide and
NSP ASM do their job well, the NSP will probably eat better than the
older boys who think that greasy chili is the latest thing in gourmet
Also, putting the younger, and usually more enthusiastic boys together
can prevent the older boys from dampening the spirit. (How jaded we
get by age 15!) But in any explicitly instructive situation, I agree
that you definitely need the interaction with and help from the older,
more experienced boys.
OTOH, EVERY troop is different, and what works for one troop can be an
unmitigated disaster in another. Some of the ideas I've gleaned from
SCOUTS-L just DIDN'T work in our troop. As the fine print says,
"Actual mileage may vary ..."!
Chuck Batteau -- SM, Troop 751, Glen Allen VA USA
I used to be an Eagle ...
maybe they meant an hour a DAY! :-)
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