Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Patrol Method - Stratified ages pros and cons
Patrol Method - Stratified ages pros and cons
Tue, 6 Apr 1999 10:00:20 -0600
We have the same "problem" if you can call it that - when we crossed 10
WEbelos into a Troop of 4 7th graders and 2 juniors, it necessitated
stratified Patrols (2) for the Klondike. We also had 6 Webelos I attend.
While these young patrols were clueless for the first hour, after some
minimal adult interference for the brand new Patrol Leader, the way these
boys worked together that day was phenominal. For an outing, this was a
terrific way to team build.
For Troop meetings however, it's been rougher, because of the different
advancement needs of the boys. The 7th graders are second class, the 11th
graders LIfe and the new boys are just working on Totin chip and the Boy
Scout Badge. The early meetings were focused on the new boys' advancement
- which in the long run, if not changed would be deadly to the older boys
(and ultimately the troop.) We called a Leader/PLC meeting to discuss
this. The PLC decided to redo the Patrols to break up some problem pairs
(this was the first time in a very long time that this troop was big
enough to have more than one Patrol and hence, a true PLC, and will
hopefully provide the Committee with a Program Plan (we have been going
meeting to meeting rather than month to month as we should).
Our experience - we are mostly relatively new at this and I sure will be
glad to attend my first SM Fundamentals meeting tomorrow night.
Jan Mussler, Webelos Den Leader, Pack 170
Troop Committee Chair, Troop 170
Arapahoe District, Longs Peak Council