Re: How do you form your patrol?
Ron Ferguson (ferguson@IONET.NET)
Sun, 26 Oct 1997 11:38:37 -0600
Troop 44 started with 6 boys, I (SM. and not a member of the Chartered
Organization) found out later that 3 boys never had intentions of
participating and just allowed their neighbors to use their names and
addresses. I acquired this information from the boys when I called and
asked why they were not coming to the meetings. The first Patrol was
the seniors, all older boys, transfers and committee members sons and
held all the positions. Next 2 patrols were Webelos dens that crossed
over and stayed together. There were some discipline problems, and we
moved some boys to different patrols including to the seniors. We
picked up some lone transfers and was sent a large group of boys on
paper, most never showed up, from a fall recruiting drive. Troop was up
to 35 scouts and only 9 months old. Now when you take out the scouts
with sports, band, homework, and those who don't seem to care or parents
that don't seem to care, you are left with 3 patrols of 3-4 boys and 1
patrol of 1, the last patrol formed from the fall recruiting drive.
Complaints from the boys that always came were that there was to much
work to do for the remaining members when their other patrol members
didn't show. I did some meddling and reorganized the patrols, I know
Wood badge said don't but it seems to work. The Collinsville (another
town) boys formed the panthers, the East side boys became the seals, and
the Seniors (frogs) took the left over scouts. We ended the first year
with 20 participating scouts.
February of the 2nd year, another Webelos group crosses over, 3 go to
the Seals (7 registered and show up for meetings, 3-5 camp, soccer keep
the other away 8 months of the time). One boy goes the Frogs, they now
have 8 (6 show up for meetings and 3-4 camp). Panthers recruit and now
have 7 boys on the roster and showing up (3-5 camp).
Soccer, Basketball, and make-up Baseball games take a large toll on
our weekend activities and now work is starting to take its toll on the
seniors. We allow a boy to change patrols if the other patrol wants him
and allow new scouts crossing over to pick their patrols, if they are a
large group (7 and up) they can start a new patrol.
Families moving took its toll on the troop (we lost 4), and at the end
of the 2nd year we have 20 participating and 12-15 Camping. We are going
to allow patrols to have up to 12 members so we can hopefully get 8
camping. We allow boys in the troop leadership position to stay with
their patrols because this is where they learned to lead and the troop
is still small. We elect all troop positions but the ASPL. Patrols
elect and then appoint positions that didn't get filled. This is done
every 6 months. SM. appoints anybody that needs a position for rank
requirements and didn't get elected. We didn't recruit this year (our
2nd) and have been able to get equipment for 48 boys, we have 3 Den
chiefs, so recruitment in the coming years won't be a problem.
Sorry for the lateness of this post, I'm just now (Sunday 26th)
last weeks mail. I'm trying to start an Explorer Post for my Wood badge
ticket, and the Council would like me to take over their post, because
they lost the leader to a job change.
Ronald G Ferguson
Use to be Pooh Bear SR-187
Indian Nations Council
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