Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: New/Old Boy's Patrol
Re: New/Old Boy's Patrol
Fri, 12 Feb 1999 22:55:34 -0800
Dan O'Canna wrote:
>What to do with the "New Boy" patrol after a year? Good question.
Our Troop has an annual Patrol reorganization in January each year,
after recharter time. At that time, all patrols are disbanded and all
boys are to make up new patrols. This gives the first year Scouts a
chance to get some skills and up to First Class in the New Scout Patrol
and the rest of the Troop to learn about the First Year Scouts. This
makes it possible to get mixed age patrols.
The rules are:
1. You must have a minimum of 4 boys and a maximum of 8 in a Patrol. If
you have 8 boys, the Patrol will be considered closed.
2. Every Scout will be in a patrol.
3. If a Scout is absent the night of reorganization, it is the
responsibility of PLC to place them in Patrol.
4. Patrol Names must live up to the Scout Oath and Law.
5. JASMs do not need to be in a Patrol, but may if they wish.
My job as Scoutmaster is to help those boys who might be a little shy to
ask to be in a patrol and to collect the Patrol member names and bless
the names of the patrols (yes, the some of the boys come up with names
which they don't think are a problem, such as last year one Patrol
wanted to be called the Toady Patrol. Once I explained that a toady was
one who flatters in hope of gaining favors and someone who is a servile
self-seeking flatter, the Patrol Name was changed).
This year, we got to PLC and there was some old fashioned horse trading
going on to place the rest of the boys in Patrols, kind of interesting
to watch and it all worked out nice. Basically there was one boy who was
felt would be hard to place in a patrol without a friend of his and that
friend asked to change patrols so the other boy and he would be together
and so another guy could fill his spot where he was from reorganization
I have been pleased with the results each year and sometimes surprised
at who makes up a patrol, but the boys are doing it and they are with
who they want to be. Since we do it only once a year, we sometimes have
to combine patrols in the second half of the year when there is a patrol
whose membership has declined due to drop outs, but we talk it over in
PLC and let the boys figure out what they want to do.