Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Re: Patrol Flags
Re: Patrol Flags
Wed, 1 Sep 1999 05:15:32 -0600
You are right, Ginny, Patrol Flags are a disappearing item.
After coming back from Wood Badge, I knew the importance of
a patrol flag or totem of some sort. I encouraged each
patrol to make their own, and I would provide a stand for
them. I had made up a bunch of feather awards to hang on
the patrol flags, so each patrol would have tons of
recognitions to flap in the breeze. We have a bead
recognition program for the boys, but I thought feathers
would be nicer for the patrol flags/totems. With no suck in
getting any patrol flags to the meetings, I finally had to
offer this contest: a feather for the first patrol to make
their flag and bring it to the meeting. It took three weeks
of cajoling to even get that award out! Needless to say, I
still have a sack of feathers and beads in my garage from
unmade, unused award feathers. Patrol pride just is not
there anymore. As scout leaders, we must encourage more
patrol activities, patrol meetings outside the troop
meeting, more inter-patrol competitions, and patrol pride.
The only question is: How?
Anybody got any ideas?