Re: Small Unit reconstruction
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Sat, 23 Aug 1997 21:35:22 -0500
Don Dillon asked:
>What I am asking for is any advice from someone who's 'Been there, done
>that' with a small unit. Obviously I cannot work the patrol method in
>this group, but I can definitely incorporate 'boy run'.
And why can't you work the Patrol Method with such a small group of Scouts?
The Patrol method works whether there's two or twenty Scouts.
It's the methodology, not the numbers that matter.
With one of my two small Troops (Troop 8, which became Team 8, in Augusta,
Georgia), we rotated "Troop/Patrol positions". I recall as a youth that
each Patrol in addition to a leader and assistant leader, had a Scribe,
Librarian and Quartermaster (and some other "madeup" jobs like "Cheermaster"
and "Firetender"). Rotate the critical jobs of any Troop:
Patrol Leader (you don't have enough for Senior Patrol Leader), Assistant
Patrol Leader (for the same reason you don't have a SPL), Scribe,
Quartermaster and perhaps Den Chief.
Give them a couple of months' tenure in each position and make the
responsibily that they have equal to what you would expect if you had a
Troop of 15 or 20, which you will soon.
The resources you need are the same ones you have now; the Scoutmaster's
Handbook and the Troop Leadership booklet. Make sure that your leaders
know what's expected of them, have them to plan and coordinate their program
and let them run it, good, bad or otherwise!
As the Troop gets larger, this Scoutmaster-coached nucleus will form the
eventual Troop program group, and you will have little problems with a
boy-run program. The key is getting in there and doing it NOW the right
way, so that a imprint will form with the little group of Scouts you have now.
We did the same thing as a Varsity Team, with leadership rotated among the
boys (we did it by alphabetical order for the first go-around and then held
actual elections for the rest of the rotations for that first year; by the
end of year, I had experienced Patrol Leaders, Scribes, Quartermasters, and
Assistants...along with some great "workerbees" as well!!
Don't worry about the lack of numbers....concentrate on the quality of the
Troop's program and letting THEM "run the show" as much as possible!!
Hope that helps!
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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