Re: Picking Patrolss
Scott Mace (smace@LBOW.COM)
Thu, 24 Sep 1998 10:38:35 -0500
Kevin Woods wrote, in part "I am seeking input on how troops pick
In out troop, after trying other methods, we have settled on having the
boys form their own patrols. (And yes, this was, and should be a PLC
decision.) this has resulted in patrols that are primarily, but not
exclusively, boys of the same age. One patrol has 13 Scouts and the
thers have 7 or 8. We (the adult leaders) suggested that the large
patrol (all 10th-graders now) might want to consider splitting into two,
but they wanted to stay together. Haven't seen any downside to this size
Another troop near us has patrols that range in size from 4 to 14,
formed the same way, with no problems. I think the 4 are older Scouts,
and I would think that 4 might be the minimum size to get the benefit of
the patrol method. Two would be too few.
When we bring new Scouts in next spring, we'll set them up in a
patrol(s) of their own. At the end of 6-12 months, they can choose to
continue in that patrol or join another. This is also a time for other
Scouts to change patrols or reorganize, if they want to.
So far, so good.
CC, Troop 597, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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