Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: New/Old Boy's Patrol
New/Old Boy's Patrol
Thu, 11 Feb 1999 09:34:09 EST
What to do with the "New Boy" patrol after a year? Good question.
Our troop has been using the new boy patrol for some years now.
I beleive it does help retain those guys. The positive aspects of
the concept have been debated at length in this forum.
We have not had much luck integrating those boys into other patrols at
the end of that first year, however. There has always been a bond
form amongst those guys and they want to stay together as a patrol
from then on. Thus we now have a troop of age stratified patrols.
When the guys move on that patrol dies out. No multi generation patrols
exist. Which is kind of a shame. There is a bit of a problem with
patrols of older boys not being as cooperative with the younger boys, but
that is generally easy to deal with.
Besides solving some problems the new boy patrol system has also caused
some minor problems. On the whole it seems to work pretty well in our
troop and we will continue to use it.
I'm most interested to know how other troops deal with the problem of
retaining new Scouts and how they deal with the "end of the new boy's
Yours in the spirit of Scouting,
Dan O'Canna Lexington, Kentucky