Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Patrols
Mon, 14 Jun 1999 06:04:13 -0600
To Bob and Committee:
It sounds like you and other Committee members could
benefit from the Boy Scout Fast Start video tapes. Then, if
all your questions are not answered, take Scout Leader
Fundamentals, a weekend long course on how thr troop should
be set up. In the mean time let me answer some of your basic
Who elects the boy leaders? The boys...it's a boy run
troop. Yes, there are some guidelines as to what rank they
should be. The older scouts need leadership positions for
rank advancement past first class, and it is recommended
that a Scout be first class to be a patrol leader.
Who picks the patrols? Usually the new Webelos that came
into the troop form a "New Scout" patrol. However, our
troop assimilates the new boys into patrols that need
filling out. Boys who are friends from Webelos are not
broken up into separate patrols. If we were to get six to
eight new boys all at once, we'd form a new patrol, but we
never do. They trickle in two or three at a time, from
three different Packs.
How big are the patrols? Six to eight boys each, which I
learned is the best level to be at. Baden-Powel talked about
the Patrol Method in Scouting, and talked about a patrol of
six to eight boys per patrol. However, on your outings, you
never will have all the boys come at the same time, so you
may combine two small patrols for equipment and cooking
To transition from where you are to what you want to be,
call the PLC together and tell them: here is a chance to
elect your own leadership, re-form the boys into patrols
that would work together well and have the patrols elect
their own leadership. When do you want to hold the
election? You do have a Patrol Leaders Council, don't you?
The biggest thing you talk about is BSA regulations.
There are none, per se, but there are guidelines based on
how Baden-Powell envisioned thr patrol and troop operation.
Read his works, you'll learn a lot. Take some training,
you'll learn a lot. Send the whole committee, they'll all
learn a lot. Basically, it is a boy-run troop with adult
assistance. Adults should provide input when asked,
transportaion when needed, and Boards of Review when needed.
That's about all.