Charles Batteau (B3ZAATN@CPSLSOPS.BELL-ATL.COM)
Fri, 18 Apr 1997 07:06:09 -0400
Marc Godbout asked " Have any troops tried total
patrol re-organization on a regular basis, and if so, are there any
other benefits or drawbacks?"
Marc, my observation is that in some troops the same patrols live on
for many years, often outlasting the boys that started in them as a
new Scout. In others (mine included) the boys like to reorganize
frequently. I believe that OUR BOYS' desire to reorganize is based on
1. A desire for balance. Some scouts become less active as they get
older and sometimes one patrol would become overloaded with these.
2. A desire for "fresh blood" -- if there are only one or two good PL
types in a patrol, they can become burned out or decline to run,
in which case a boy who has no business being PL is elected.
3. The need to keep at least 6 boys in a patrol (similar to #1).
If a troop can maintain a strong program (to keep the boys' interests
up) and funnel new Scouts (whether brand new or NSP graduates) into
patrols that need more numbers, I believe that the patrols will feel
less need to reorganize frequently. HOWEVER, OUR TROOP ISN'T THERE,
YET. So I may be just hopeful ...
Chuck Batteau -- SM, Troop 751, Glen Allen VA USA
I used to be an Eagle ...
maybe they meant an hour a DAY! :-)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City