Re: How Do You Form Your Patrol?--No Philosophies--Just The
Craig R. McGarrah (mcgarrah@MINDSPRING.COM)
Mon, 20 Oct 1997 19:32:21 -0400
When I was an Assistant Scoutmaster, we found a way to get the best of
both. We did just what option 1 states, then the SPL assigned a Troop Guide
(with Scoutmaster approval) to the younger patrols. The Troop Guide is an
older boy who runs the younger boy program. He is basically the SPL for the
younger boys and reports to the Troop SPL. This worked well for us, but you
need to get a good kid to be Troop Guide. We had one each of the three
years I was with the troop and it worked great.
I'm sure there are some scouting purists who may pick on some of the
details of what I said, but our troop was in your same situation and same
size and was successful.
Cubmaster -- Pack 132, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Osceola Chapter Adviser, Aal-Pa-Tah Lodge #237
At 10:38 PM 10/19/97 EDT, Todd A Kottke wrote:
>My Troop is just 3 years old. The troop was started with 5, 11 year old
>boys. I started with a single patrol and have worked up to a current
>troop size of 31. We have 5 patrol of boys. My SPL is 16 and his ASPL
>We are having some discussion amongst our Scoutmasters on how a patrol
>should be put together. We are discussing these two ideas.
>1. The boys elect the SPL from the general troop. Next the boys group
>themselves into their own
> patrols. They elect their own PL and he appoints the position within
>2. The boys elect the SPL from the general troop. Next the Scoutmasters
>assign older scouts (13-16) with boys (11-12). The older boys become the
>PL and then appoints the positions within their patrol.
>Idea one we feel has a "boy led troop run" feel. Idea two helps promote
>"leadership" in the patrol by having the older boys "mentor" their patrol
>We are looking for how YOU tackle the problem of putting patrol's
>together. WE WANT TRUE
>STORIES ONLY We have had may philosophical discussions about this
>already and I can't take it anymore.
>Thanks in Advance,
>SM Troop 836
>Bay-Lakes Council Wisconsin
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