Anthony Mako (ajmako@NLS.NET)
Tue, 2 Jun 1998 12:10:08 -0400
The Troop Guide can be one of the most important youth positions in the
troop. His job is to guide the New Scout Patrol through the process of
learning how a patrol works. He also helps the new Scouts work on their
Tenderfoot through First Class advancements. For this reason, the Troop
Guide should be an older Scout with a lot of varied experience, or a former
Den Chief. In one of the troops I have worked with, we had a Webelos Den
graduate into our Troop and their Den Chief asked to be their Troop Guide.
My experience tells me that the attitude of the Scout selected to be TG is
very important. If the TG doesn't have a good understanding of his
responsibilities, or simply doesn't like the job the patrol he is assigned
to won't develop the teamwork and spirit they need. The Scouts in this new
patrol won't advance very quickly and will have little understanding of the
responsibilities of the PL etc. On the other hand, if the youth selected to
be TG understands what his job is, who to go to for help and advice, and
really wants to do the job; the patrol will quickly learn to work together.
They will try to advance together as well.
Likewise, the attitude of the adult leaders toward the TG can also effect
the New Scout Patrol. If the adults don't understand the position or don't
agree with it, the TG will sense he doesn't have much support and will
eventually give up. The resulting patrol will be little more than a group of
individual Scouts who can't seem to work together. It's important to realize
just how important the position can be, and assign an ASM to be the TG's
advisor. You may find that you occasionally have to remind the TG that he is
not a member of the patrol he is assigned to. Also upon occasion you may
find the TG LEADING the patrol rather than GUIDING it, but that's a natural
response and can easily be turned into a learning experience for the patrol
and the TG.
AJ Mako (email@example.com), Scoutmaster Troop 381
http://members.aol.com/Scouts381/ "Home of the Unofficial Boy Scout Desktop
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