Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: patrol method question
patrol method question
Tue, 20 Apr 1999 13:23:01 -0400
I submit a question to your collective wisdom.
Situation: The patrol structure of our troop is as follows: ventures-6 boys,
cobras-3 boys, panthers-4 boys dingos-5 boys and scorpions-4 boys. The patrols
are historically divided along age lines, except for the dingoes and the
Problem: The patrols never seem to be a critical mass when we go on an outing so
the patrol method does not work very well. As a result of this lack of a
critical mass we largely act as a troop of one large patrol on a camping trip,
sort of forming the ad hoc patrol.
Solution? What I feel needs to be done is to consolidate the patrols. Now the
dingoes and the scorpions already want to do this and I see no basic problem
with this. They already work together quite well and are of the same age group
so I find no problem with their request to combine. As for the ventures they
seem to do well with their 6 members. My problem is with the panthers and the
cobras. They always seem to be in the odd man out situation. Further, they are
disinclined to combine forces into one patrol as they are of different ages (one
year apart) and different attitudes. I understand this needs to be a choice that
should be take by the boys, but some times I think bad tasting medicine will
always be rejected even if it is for your own good.
So, the question is do I force them together and hope that the collective spirit
will develop or do I just let them keep on as is.
If you write me privately I will attempt a summary and relay it to the list in
order to save band width.
Neal Musto, SM (6 months on the job)
Troop 33, Takoma Park, MD