scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: New Scout Patrols
Schramm, Charlie (CMS@MV.CATALYTICA-INC.COM
Wed Apr 12 2000 - 10:22:27 CDT
Our troop uses New Scout patrols in the following way. As others have said,
Webelos bridging over often know each other (for better or worse). We
usually have one or two new Scout patrols. A New Scout ASM works with this
group, primarily on advancement and campout planning with the help of our
Troop Guides. Other older Scouts are also sometimes involved, especially on
campouts. They elect a "PL" each month and so several members of the patrol
get an idea of leaderrship (attend PLC's, represent the patrol, etc.) After
a year, the patrol can stay together or gravitate towards a patrol that
would like them to join. We never assign Scouts to patrols, but let the
boys work it out. The wisdom they show can be quite impressive. Sometimes,
after a New Scout patrol becomes a regular patrol, the patrol loses enough
people that they aren't a viable group. They usually recognize this (Gee,
Mr. Schramm, we only have three people in my patrol. We need to get more or
it's not gonna work too well.) and seek a solution with some guidance from
the SPL and SM.
Ultimately, this seems to work well for us. It does require some patience,
because the boys need some time to work out problems for themselves. For a
new troop wihtout established patrols, this might not work. But for us, it
does the trick.
SM Troop 476
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