Starting up a Venture Patrol
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Wed, 17 Dec 1997 21:11:15 -0500
Well, the time has finally arrived where the brand new,
wet-behind-the-ears little kids I brought into my troop in the fall of
1995 have finally gotten to the point where most of them want to start
doing something different from the younger scouts who have joined since
I'm delighted to see this, as it signifies that we have a more healthy
age spread among the boys in the troop (we're up to 30 now; some of you
may remember that when I became SM in July 1995 we had 5). Anyway, I was
wondering if some of you older hands out there who have ben through
setting up a venture program where none existed before had a few tips,
ideas, words of wisdom, etc. for me. Programs, how you avoid the "Lord
of the Flies" problem raised by one of our troop committee members last
week, etc. would all be most welcome. We're in the midst of our holiday
season break (we don't meet again until January 6) and so I'd like to
spend the holidays coming up with some suggestions for the new patrol.
So, let me have 'em, I need 'em.
One thought--if you have three programs going on at the same time at a
troop meting (new scouts, experienced scouts, and venture scouts), I
think the "experienced scouts" category is in many ways the hardest
category to design a program for. The in-between stqtus is a toughie, I
must confess. Beyond having them teach the younger scouts, what sort of
subtle permutations in the program do some of you guys with more mature
troops use to keep these folks interested?
One other point of info (not germane to the above request for help): I
have been told my beads have arrived at the Coucnil service center, and
so I hope soon to be a genuine, certified 2-beader by the end of January.
Any of you who haven't taken wood badge, I would strongly urge you to do
so, especially if you are a unit scouter. It will make a difference in
your troop like you wouldn't believe!
SM, Troop 113
GW District, NCAC
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