Re: top patrol thread
Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET)
Thu, 28 Aug 1997 15:00:05 -0400
Dennis M. Kampa wrote:
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?
Please excuse me for not including this in my previous posting.
Sorry Dennis, I must disagree here. The functional unit is the patrol,
not the troop. When I became a Scoutmaster, our troop had 14 boys and 2
patrols. Now, we have 80 boys and 9 patrols. As we started to grow, it
didn't take long to discover the importance of the Patrol Method. I
discovered quickly that if our program was built around the patrols, a
strong, well-functioning troop naturally followed.
One of the methods used to develop the patrol is competition. I know
this is a "nasty" word to some people, but there is nothing wrong with
competition when kept in the context of the principles found in the
Scout Oath and Law.
So our patrols compete for a pizza party each month. They have fun
doing this and it helps develop the patrols...and a pretty good troop.
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City