scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Excuse me, but...
Carol A. Breuer (eagle@VERINET.COM
Mon Mar 20 2000 - 10:17:45 CST
In response to my post --
Bob Lazell wrote:
> Okay then, what is the difference in thinking you know it all, and, thinking
> only Wood Badge allows one to know what Baden-Powell intended for Scouting
> to be all about?
I never said "ONLY Wood Badge allows one to know what Baden-Powell
intended for Scouting." But I do feel that Wood Badge CAN give the
adults a glimpse of what the patrol method SHOULD be for the boys. I
recently read the text of a letter B-P wrote after the Brownsea
experimental camp, and one of the things he credited for that success
was the patrol method and his scheme of boys leading other boys.
> I'll be provocative here and ask if Baden-Powell intended Scouting to be about > adults or boys?
I think B-P intended Scouting to be about boys leading other boys under
the mentorship of adults to guide and help. It is not easy for adults
to stand back and let boys plan and lead. They don't always do things
the way we would and things don't always run as smoothly, but this is
the way they learn.
> Is it about the bonds of friendship forged in a shared experience among adults or > between boys and adults and boys?
Both. Ideally, a patrol should be a group of Scouts who are friends,
and as they share experiences together the friendships grow stronger.
Plus the association with adults who care and work with them gives
another type of friendship. And adults working together in a common
cause find friendships as well.
My question is: How many troops really use the patrol method
effectively? Are the patrols really a "gang" of friends doing Scouting
things together? Patrol spirit should be a natural outcome when that is
the case. But I've seen too many troops where patrol spirit is lacking.
Carol Breuer, Fort Collins, CO
SM, Troop 12
. . . I used to be an eagle