Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: The Patrol Method
Re: The Patrol Method
Stephen P. Nodine
Mon, 5 Apr 1999 16:37:48 -0500
I just re-organized our Troop into new Patrols. I organized them according
to age and rank. We have a large (10) Patrol made up of new and Tenderfoot
Scouts and 4 other, smaller Patrols with Scouts of like ranks and ages. So
far this has worked well. I have also designated 5 Troop Guides to work with
the Patrols on advancement and Scout skills. Most of the active Assistant
Scoutmasters travel and/or work odd hours so they often have trouble being
at all the meetings. This same thing holds true for the Scoutmaster (me). I
travel a lot for work - in fact I have missed the last 4 Troop meetings. I
call the Troop Guides over the weekend to see how their Patrols are doing. I
give them suggestions on what to do the next meeting. I also talk with the
Assistant Scoutmasters often to see who is going to be at the meetings so I
can get an idea of what everybody is doing.
As I mentioned, the age/rank breakdown seems to be working well so far.
Others will tell you that there should be a mix in the Patrols so the older
Scouts can work with the younger Scouts. I have tried to do this using Troop
Hope this helps.
Scoutmaster, Troop 34
Advancement Chair, Troop 173
I used to be an Antelope (C-05-97)
----- Original Message -----
From: Irene Kempf <IKMOM4@AOL.COM>
Sent: Monday, April 05, 1999 8:07 AM
Subject: The Patrol Method
>Another question from the new leader. April 10th is almost here!
>In the Scoutmaster Handbook on page 8 under The Patrol Method,
>it states that the patrol is often made up of boys who are close in age and
>Yet I here most troops use stratified age patrols. What are the benefits
>The boys we have now work well together and must be in one patrol because
>there are only 7. Most of them have been together since Tiger Cubs.