Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1998: Re: Picking Patrols
Re: Picking Patrols
Wed, 23 Sep 1998 22:51:27 -0400
>I am seeking input on how troops "pick patrols"
In our Troop, we bring in one new patrol a year. These are graduating
Webelos. They remain a patrol throughout their scouting career in the Troop.
They learn to get along, and they learn together. Since I am in my sixth
year as SM, the guys "graduating" this year have been together since they
entered the Troop (with the exception of two who transferred in). Of these
seven boys, five have reached the rank of Eagle, and one is finishing his
Eagle service project. In the patrol just "behind" them age-wise, there are
six scouts. One of these has reached Eagle and the other five are Life (one
of those five is ready for his Eagle Board of review). Our other patrols
reflect similar advancement and we rarely have a scout drop out. Three of
our Eagles have stayed on as SAs in the past two years.
I think this system works in keeping them together and learning to work as a
group. I intend to stick with it as long as I am SM or someone can convince
me that there is a better way.
When I first took on the SM job, I arranged the guys by age group. The
oldest patrol at that time had six scouts. Four reached Eagle, one Life, and
one Star/ One has remained as an SA, and one is at West Point. On is staring
his own business. They are all still in touch with each other after being
out of high school for two years.
Now, if you are bringing in more than one patrol a year, you have to decide
how to group them! :>) I would be inclined to keep Webelos Dens together as
Patrols if there are enough of them. They already have established a group
identity and know each other's strengths and weaknesses.