Stephanie & Chris Everett (everetts@ANNAP.INFI.NET)
Mon, 1 Dec 1997 20:58:02 -0500
I am looking to the collective wisdom of the List for advice regarding adult
or leader patrols in a boy scout troop. The ASMs and a couple of the more
active committee members (including me) would like to establish a leaders'
patrol in our troop in order to (1) teach and lead the boys by example
rather than trying to direct them from behind, and (2) to help keep the
adults out of the boys' way so we can become a more boy-led troop. However,
the SM is reluctant, because he fears we would be "abandoning" the boys,
especially on campouts.
Some background... Our troop is mostly young scouts: out of about 25 boys
only 5 are First Class or above; only 3 are 14 or over. The Troop is 5
years old, but had always been very small until the year before last; all
the current members except one have joined the Troop in the last 2 years.
The sudden growth has been tough on everyone, including the SM. We have 2-4
adults actively working with each of the 3 patrols (all but 1 (me) are
trained ASMs; 2 are currently doing their Woodbadge tickets). However, from
what I observe, the troop has never been truly boy-led. With such a young
group and so many adults, I fear we're in danger of being a "Cub Scout
Troop", if you know what I mean.
Any and all advice/experiences/etc., both pro and con, regarding
adult/leader patrols is welcome.
Stephanie Everett firstname.lastname@example.org
Committee Member, Troop 177
Cub Scout Roundtable Staff
Four Rivers District, Baltimore Area Council, Maryland
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