scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: New Scout Patrols to Permanent Patrols
Tue Jul 18 2000 - 09:36:17 CDT
>> 6) How much does your PLC do in managing this?
>The PLC , especially the SPL run the elections, and set up the patrol
>alignments. We as adult leaders simply sit back and work with the SPL in
>the problems inherent in boys switching around patrols. As to the New Patrol,
>the Troop Guide is the observer/facilitator of its progress, in conjunction
>the Assistant SM for new patrols.
We work much the same, however, it took our PLC a couple of years to feel
comfortable organizing scouts and patrols. Start by giving them some guidelines
that give them a direction to work, but not so much they don't struggle a little
and seek your guidance. If you have a young Troop, don't worry about the age or
maturity of your Scouts with task like these. It's important to develop habits
and procedures in the Troop as soon as possible so that the PLC can learn and
build confidence as they mature and take on more responsibility. An eleven year
old can't do as much as a 14 year old, but he will gain confidence and learn a
lot from what he can do. I know one SM who waited until his scouts where about
14 before he felt they could do these task and now he is struggling to get them
to do any level of leadership.
Have a great week. I'm going to Philmont tomorrow to pick up son and I can't
wait to hear the stories. I love this Scouting stuff.