Re: How Do You Form Your Patrol?
Joseph Alessi (JosephAlessi@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Mon, 20 Oct 1997 09:55:36 -0400
Todd Kottke asked how do you form patrols?
I guess my question to Todd is why do you feel that
you have to reshuffle the patrols each election? There
should be some continuity in the patrols to help build
team spirit and unity.
In my troop, the boys elect the SPL from the troop. The
SPL then selects his ASPL.
Once the elections are done, the SM and ASM's look at the
number of boys in each patrol. If a patrol has grown too
small, we talk to the patrol. We ask them if they can =
recruit new members to bring the patrol size back up. If
not (the usual case), we look at the other patrols to decide
if they need any additional members. We then discuss with
the patrol being disbanded the options available and see if
they have any preferences. We then merge the members into
the remaining patrols.
If a boy wants to change patrols, we talk it over with the =
new patrol, and let them change. We haven't had a case yet
where the new patrol didn't say it was ok - I don't know
how we would react if they said no way.
I should also state that we use the new scout patrol(s).
Therefore, for the first couple of years, there does tend
to be a stratification by age. As patrols shrink, however,
it gives us the opportunity to distribute the older boys among
Joseph A. Alessi in Ozwin 2.14
District Advancement Chair, Lafayette District
ASM Troop 313
Advisor to the Treasurer, Unami Lodge
I used to be an Owl
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