scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Patrol Method or Not Partrol Method
Dalton, Lloyd P. (Lloyd.Dalton@UNISYS.COM
Thu May 25 2000 - 10:38:47 CDT
We have faced the same type of thing, though not to such a degree.
(yet) In my opinion, there is more than one issue at work.
I would strongly advise against taking control of the meetings. It
might be a good idea to explaing to ALL the scouts that the first and
foremost duty of any scout, and especially the leadership, is to obey the
oath & law. Disagreements are fine, but if you aren't courteous, kind,
helpful, friendly, cheerful, etc., everything else falls apart.
The next question I would ask the PLC is: "What do you want to do?"
I'm talking about troop activities. They may reply "Nothing..." or "I
dunno..." This may be because they are thinking only in terms of things
they've already done, and don't like. The PLC should realize that it can do
whatever it wants to, so long as:
1. The Oath & Law are followed.
2. It's well-organized
If they want to meet at the mall and play video games, no problem.
If they want to rent Jet-Skis, no problem. If they want to cook hawaiian
chicken, no problem.
Caveat: If they want to play paintball, problem. According to
National, some activities go against the oath & law, and you should be
prepared to explain that to the scouts.
Two additional questions:
1. How many troop campouts have you had so far this year? I find that the
patrol method doesn't work as well when the PLC is only in charge of
2. Do you have a lot of new webeloes entering your troop on a regular
basis? I have noticed that new blood is often a good shot-in-the-arm for
flagging troop leadership.
3. Do you have a high adventure trip planned this year? This is a pretty
good way to keep older scouts motivated.
And finally, I would pass along another piece of advice that has
helped me immensely, ever since I read a story in Scouting magazine:
SM, Troop 28
St. Cloud, MN