Re: Making Up Patrols
Blaine A. Jackson (blainej@JUNO.COM)
Sun, 1 Jun 1997 20:59:59 -0500
On Sun, 1 Jun 1997 21:04:06 -0400 Cliff Egel <CEgel2@AOL.COM> writes:
>We've seen any number of schemes for setting up patrols but were never
>completely thrilled with any of them. This past season we
May I suggest that I see one problem with this method. It appears that
the "we" in this plan means the adult leaders. While you apparently did
have input from the scouts, it does not appear that they really made any
Our patrols were reorganized about 2 months ago. The PLC voted to
reorganize them. They then reorganized 4 patrols into 3. Their system
was to start with the highest ranking scouts and work their way down
(their idea). They first assigned eagle scouts, then life, then star,
etc. They took into account which scouts were not regular in attendance,
and a couple of scouts who they feel are not going to stay with the
troop. They decided that brothers should not be in the same patrols (big
issue, because we have 2 families with 3 sons, and 3 families with 2 sons
in the troop.) In one case, they took into account the fact that 2 12
year olds do not work well together. I did not see a single decision
made on the basis of which of their friends they wanted in their own
patrol, but decisions were made very objectively.
Needless to say, I was beaming when the meeting was over. I was
certainly glad that a committee member had been in the room working on
paperwork to testify to the fact that I did my job of keeping quiet.
I do not doubt that your method will work well, but I wonder if that is
the only consideration.
Blaine Jackson, email@example.com
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