Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Feast or Famine


I’m at that point where all the boys in my patrol are having birthdays.  I took seven boys to summer camp in June, now I’m down to three.  We need to hold a Patrol Leader election before we’re down to two and an electoral impasse. 

It’s weird how things work out. One year, you’ll have a bumper crop of boys, the next nearly none.  Next summer we’ll have a patrol of one.  It will be fun trying to sell “we need to work with others to make this worthwhile.” 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Leader Training 1.4 - Patrols and Uniforms

Fourth in a series of Ward Scout Leader training sessions.

I'd like to revise a previous statement of mine about one method not being more important than another, by saying that if the patrol method is properly implemented, the other methods will take care of themselves.

What, then do we mean by, "a Scout is trustworthy"? It goes beyond they don't lie and steal to, we trust them to be responsible. For being honest, and also for keeping their commitments to each other and themselves.

The patrol is the basic unit of Scouting, not the troop, not the committee. It is in the patrol (including Varsity squads and Venturing crews) that the work and play of Scouting happens. Baden-Powell has said that the patrol method is not a method, it is the only method. So, then, whose patrol is it? In short, it’s the boys’ patrol; they are the members and they are the leaders. From the Scoutmaster Handbook, “Patrol members share the responsibility of making the patrol a success.”1 They also define what success looks like.