scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: New Scout Patrols
Larry Tuck (LarryT@FTMG.NET
Thu Apr 13 2000 - 11:39:49 CDT
We use new Scout patrols and they work very well for us. The keys to success
are one or more New Scout ASMs who work actively with the New Scouts,
regular New Scout patrol meetings, and most importantly, good Troop Guides.
We're fortunately enough this year to have three hard-working, top-notch
Guides. After SPL and Patrol Leader, I consider it the most important
position in the troop.
Our New Scout patrols meet about twice a month, usually early on Saturday
morning, to work on basic camping skills and Tenderfoot and Second Class
advancement. We arrange some swimming sessions in spring so they can pass
their Second Class and First Class swimming requirements before summer camp.
We target transition into regular patrols in late summer, after summer camp.
This allows the New Scouts to participate in the camp's Trail to First Class
program as a patrol, rather than a collection of free-floating individuals
detached from their regular patrols. Usually, boys who have gone to camp are
Second Class, or close to it, by late summer
I'm not dogmatic about the transition schedule. If the patrol wants to stay
together longer, I'll let them. However, I find that most of our New Scout
patrols reach a point after a year or so where they want to be in mixed-age
patrols and have more interaction with older boys. If just one or two boys
want to switch we'll transfer them and let the rest stay together; if the
majority wants to change, we'll dissolve the patrol.
This year we have a particularly large New Scout class - about 25 New Scouts
in a troop of 65. 3 New Scout patrols, 4 regular patrols. The existing
regular patrols may not have room to absorb all the New Scouts, so we'll
either have to do some reorganization and form one or two new regular,
mixed-age patrols, or let one or two of the New Scout patrols stay together
and become regular patrols. It will be up to the boys to decide when the
SM, Troop 761
Thousand Oaks, CA