Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: New Scout Patrol question
Re: New Scout Patrol question
Gary A. Musselman
Mon, 7 Jun 1999 09:13:11 EDT
In a message dated 6/7/99 8:33:48 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
Roman.J.Smith.13@ND.EDU writes:"New scout patrols have never been very
successful in our troop, but these guys have already shown that they can work
together. After discussing with our troop leadership the idea of keeping
them as a patrol, the troop wants to split them up into the existing patrols.
My thought is that if we keep them as a group, the retention rate may be
better, as there may be more peer pressure to stay on with their friends.
But I do not want to start my tenure by vetoing the first decision that the
troop leadership makes."
How about a compromise, Roman, my man? In our troop, we hold the new scouts
in their own patrol (the "Newts") for six to eight weeks under the leadership
of the Troop Guide with asssistance from the ASM-New Scouts and other older
Scouts. During that time, they are oriented to the troop and begin
advancement. The TG also serves to insulate the new boys from any friction
with or harassment from the older Scouts.
After the six weeks or so, the new Scouts are split into the existing
patrols. We are just now in that process, with input from the TG, SPL,
ASPLS, and PLs. This has worked wonders for the past two years. This year's
crop of cross-overs was 17!