Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: New Boy Patrols - New question.
Re: New Boy Patrols - New question.
Wed, 10 Feb 1999 11:21:53 -0500
In my tenure as ASM (Assistant Scout Master) our unit simply kept the
patrols as they were. It was the expectation, no one knew any different,
and in the years I was there, no one asked why or whether we should do it
another way. The troop guides, as it happens, either continued as troop
guide for the incoming new boy patrol or was elected to a troop office, so
we ended up never truly having to face the question of what to do with the
retired guide. But, the expectation was that he would return to his own
patrol. I think we would have honored his request if he asked to stay with
the new patrol.
We simply believed that, since they worked together as a patrol for a year
and formed an identity as a unit, why break them up?
When a patrol dwindled in size due to boys leaving, we let the the remaining
Scouts merge, generally based on a bit of adult decision as to where they
would best benefit the patrol and the patrol benefit them, but a boy would
not be forced to go where he did not wish to go.
Dist. Executive, Downeast District
Pine Tree Council