This is one of the problems with mixing up the boys. If one has 5 boys that are causing problems, what's the sense of having one in each patrol? They were probably feeding off of each other and now they are split up to feed off the different patrols. I'm sure they wouldn't be too impressed with being split up either.
After all, I see this as a common sense issue. Why take a bad situation and spread it throughout the troop. Why not just focus it into the new patrol and work with the problem at a single source. ... I'm just thinking that if one were to just toss them into an older patrol, they wouldn't get the attention needed to break away from mom and dad and connect up with the other scouts.
There are different philosophies and different approaches to these sorts of things.
One of da approaches is the adult-run school approach, eh? Yeh track the kids. Put all da problem kids together. That way the problem kids don't slow down the bright kids, and yeh can keep da problem kids in jail with fewer jailers. Hopefully they drop out, and yeh view that as a good thing.
The alternative approach is that you divide and conquer, eh? Yeh don't concentrate the problem, yeh diffuse it. You use da strong youth leaders yeh have built in each patrol to take care of one part of da problem. Those youth leaders come together and brainstorm with each other on how they're handlin' their challengin' scouts.
There's a huge difference in what the challengin' scout experiences through each approach, eh? In the first, he's with other boys who misbehave and reinforce his own misbehavior; he's with other boys who don't care and reinforce his own not caring. If he's just immature or homesick, he's with boys who make him more homesick. In the second, the kid who needs more support is with a patrol where most of da rest of the boys are doin' well. All da other youth in the patrol can provide support. Homesickness isn't reinforced. Da culture doesn't enable misbehavior, it works against it. Culture teaches boys a lot more than an individual teacher can, eh? That's the point of Scoutin'.
Plus, in da second case the older boys get real challenges of leadership, eh? They get to work on takin' care of their homesick lad or dealin' with their problem member. That's not taken away from 'em by an adult. And as we see in several of da examples, adults as often as not enable da bad behavior, eh? They undermine da youth leaders and substitute lectures for consequences.
There are some reasons for tracking, eh? If yeh don't have strong patrols or good youth leaders yet, then givin' 'em da added challenge of a member that needs more support might be too much. Or if yeh have too many challenging boys, so that they overwhelm da patrol's culture. This should be a temporary thing, though, eh? The adults should be buildin' strong patrols, and the adults should be mindful of not takin' on too many problems until they do.
Edited by Beavah, 24 May 2016 - 10:19 AM.