scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: New Scout Patrols to Permanent Patrols
Alan Houser (troop24@EMF.NET
Sun Jul 16 2000 - 23:31:53 CDT
David C. Gross <David.Gross@HSV.BOEING.COM> wrote:
>I'd like to know how you all are using the New Scout Patrol approach
>(outlined in the SM Handbook).
>1) How long does your troop use the New Scout Patrol?
Each New Scout Patrol continues as such for about one year. Usually
the New Scouts join between February and May, and continue together as
a patrol until the following May (after Camporee). At that time, we
hold new troop and patrol elections, and Scouts are free to move to
other patrols, if space is available.
>2) What tells you it's time to merge the New Scouts into the permanent
At the end of the year, they may opt to remain together as a permanent
patrol or move into other patrols. Generally, if there was a large
group (6 or more New Scouts) at the beginning, they will continue
together as a regular patrol. Individual Scouts may choose to move
to a separate patrol, usually if they have a close friend there.
When we have tried to massage the patrols externally, the results
have usually been a loss of chemistry that never gets restored.
>3) How do you merge them?
>4) How do you start new permanent Patrols when you've grown such that the
>existing ones do not accommodate all of the New Scouts?
We start a New Scout Patrol when a Webelos den bridges into the troop.
At times, we've had more than one New Scout Patrol.
>5) If you don't use the New Scout Patrol, why?
If we recruit fewer than 4 New Scouts, the dynamics don't really work
for a new Scout Patrol, so we merge them into existing patrols. But
we find that they don't advance as quickly when most of the patrol is
already First Class or beyond.
>6) How much does your PLC do in managing this?
The Troop Guide and the New Scout Patrol Leader attend all PLC meetings,
so that meeting and outing plans take into account the advancement
needs and skill needs for the New Scouts.
>7) What special thing works really well for your New Scout Patrols?
Having a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster join the Troop Guide as members
of the New Scout Patrol. And having an Assistant Scoutmaster act as
an advisor to the Troop Guide.
Alan R. Houser ** firstname.lastname@example.org
** Scoutmaster, Troop 24, Berkeley, California **
** Committee Member, Crew 24, Berkeley, California **
** Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner, Herms District **
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