Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: New Boy Patrols - Yes or No???
Re: New Boy Patrols - Yes or No???
Tue, 2 Feb 1999 09:11:44 -0800
Patrick M. Cline <PMCLINE755@AOL.COM> wrote:
>I have a twist on the New Boy Patrol controversy. Our troop is bridging
>six Webelos this month. We also have picked up three boys with no prior
>Scouting experience. These new boys are 14,13,and 13. What would the list
>do with the older "new scouts", absorb them into existing patrols or add them
>to the New Boy Patrol? The PLC is not sure.
While we use and endorse the New Scout Patrol, we recognize that an older
boy may not want to "hang" with a bunch of little kids who know each other
already. We will offer him the choice, particularly if he was recruited by
a friend, of choosing the patrol he wants to be a part of.
One caveat, however: we find that putting new Scouts in a patrol where
everyone is First Class or above will either draw out his progress toward
ranks or detract from the patrol program -- some of the older Scouts don't
like spending the time on the basics and the new Scout would prefer doing
the more advanced stuff the rest of his patrol is doing.
If you have some other Scouts who haven't reached First Class, you might
want to consider putting them together in a patrol that will act as the
NSP in its emphasis on advancement but with some of the flavor of the other
older boy patrols. Instead of having a Troop Guide, you could either have
a JASM or an experienced Scout to act as Patrol Leader/coach/instructor.
Alan R. Houser ** email@example.com
** Scoutmaster, Troop 24, Berkeley, California **
** WWW page ** http://www.emf.net/~troop24/t24.html **