Re: top patrol thread
Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET)
Thu, 28 Aug 1997 14:19:58 -0400
Dennis M. Kampa wrote:
> Hi ALL - I've been reading all the notes on your patrol competitions, and
> those are some great ideas, but one thought keeps rattling aroung in the back
> of my head - what about the rest? What happens to the patrol that gets
> obviously out of the "money" early and thinks there is no way to catch up, so
> why try?
This is why our competitions are "Patrol of the Month" rather than a
longer time period. Currenlty, we have 9 patrols/crews. Of these, all
except one (a "new Scout" patrol) has earned the POM designation at
least once during the past year.
Yes, we do want our scouts to learn to work as a patrol, but isn't
> the functional unit the Troop - shouldn't there also be some thought to
> patrols working together as a Troop?
> As we train our scouts to deal with life after they've left us - we should
> also be training them to set goals, and then working together to attain those
> goals. How about an "honor" patrol idea - where each patrol sets a goal -
> relating to all those areas you're already using ,then working together to
> attain that goal throughout the year. If they ALL reach their goals, they are
> ALL honored. Think about how proud you'd be as unit leaders with ALL your
> scouts wearing that special neckerchief, or patch, or dingle-dangle, etc.....
> For what it's worth !
We use something similar...a BSA award called the Baden-Powell Patrol
Award which each patrol/crew may earn on a quarterly basis. The "award"
is a small star (Baden-Powell Patrol Star) which goes around the patrol
emblem on the uniform. For those not familiar with this award, the
requirments are as follows:
1. Spirit - Have a patrol flag and rally around it. Put your patrol
design on equipment. Use your yell or cheer and patrol call. Keep
patrol records up to date for 3 months.
2. Patrol Meetings - Hold two patrol meetings each month for 3 months.
3. Hikes, Outdoor Activities - Take part in one of these within 3
4. Good Turns or Service Projects - Do two PLC approved Good Turns or
service projects within 3 months.
5. Advancment - Help two patrol members advance one rank during 3
6. Membership - Build patrol to full strength (eight Scouts).
7. Uniform - wear the uniform correctly.
8. Patrol Leaders Council - Represent the patrol during three PLC
meetings within 3 months.
Patrols use a form titled "Baden-Powell Patrol Record Chart" to keep up
with their progress. The form should be available from your council
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City