scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Jumble Patrols
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Sat Apr 17 1993 - 17:39:37 CDT
Anthony Hitchings wrote and asked if others do this:
>On our outings, the turnout is so low that we can only form one effective
>of 6 or more. So the scouts get jumbled into a "patrol of convenience".
So WHY are you doing this, Anthony?? Keep the Patrols the way they are!
While it may be a "patrol of convenience" for the ADULTS, it is NOTHING but
confusion for the youth. Keep them the way they are, make them work as
Patrols, and I guarantee you that the NEXT event that comes up either the
entire Patrol WON'T attend or they WILL have MORE members to show up!
A patrol is defined as "two or more and less than ten Scouts working
together by using the Patrol Method".
So, if your Hawk Patrol shows up with three Scouts and the Eagles show up
with two Scouts and the Generic Patrol shows up with one, you should combine
the Generic Patrol with either the Hawk or Eagles and keep the other two THE
WAY THEY ARE. They met the requirement for being "a patrol", Anthony.
>The troop has a roster has 22 scouts that are "active" to a degree (I'm
not counting >the perennial no-shows), and we established three patrols.
This tells me, Anthony, that your Troop's youth don't want to attend that
event because either they didn't plan or coordinate their attendance; or
that the event was poorly coordinated by the District or Council to prevent
conflicts in other major community events (Homecomings, parades, other events).
If you leave the Patrols alone, Anthony, they will either grow or die off.
In either way, they will do so with regard to events and activities that
THEY HAVE AGREED TO PARTICIPATE IN, and not because "We've got a campout
this weekend...." by the adults.
Patrols work best when they are left alone to function as a Patrol; when
those two boys continue to try to "work out all tasks" during a campout,
they will complain to the others, and either one of two things will happen:
those boys will ask to go to another Patrol; or they will start their OWN
patrol. They won't quit, because they are being ALLOWED to function as a
Patrol.....only thing is, the REST of the Patrol's not there to function
Don't combine them unless you truly HAVE to; and the only times in which you
TRULY have to, are in cases of health and safety and when you have groups
that don't meet the BSA's definition of a "patrol", the basic building block
of a Troop.
In short: if you form a Patrol, make them WORK as a Patrol unless they are
TOO SMALL to function as a Patrol. Two or more Scouts make up a Patrol.
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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