The boys in my units really don't do much with the SPL/PLC concept and generally just go with a consensus of PL's on inter-patrol or shared activities. We got up to 4 patrols once and the boys experimented with an SPL for a while and it was viewed as okay, but nothing to write home about.
It is my opinion they didn't get excited about it because of their emphasis on the patrol method and the independence of the patrols as they saw how this method played itself out.
It has always been "okay" if all the patrols didn't do things together. I have had some patrols go one way on a weekend and other patrols do something else or at the convenience of their members pick a different weekend to do their activity. It's bit difficult, but not impossible for the adults to come up with 2-deep, but it always worked out.
So, I'm kinda curious. With troops using the SPL/PLC model, does the vote on all activities have to be unanimous or are some patrols voted down and are required to go with the troop on the activities? I ran into this when the interests of the older patrols didn't jive with the experience levels of the younger boys. They stuck with their patrols and didn't do the ad hoc, temporary contingency, thingy for high adventure, they simply went and did it as a patrol. Everything they did was as a patrol. The younger boys like the council camp for summer camp, but the older boys are burned out on it and want to look at other camps in the area. If that be the case what does the SPL/PLC determine for the troop and if everything boils down to a troop decision, what kind of long term impact does that make on the patrol method.
My former troop that was definitely a troop-method troop, right down to a centralized cooking station attached to the troop trailer, did have as many as 6 patrols, but none of them had any autonomy or authority to do anything other than what the adults proposed and PLC agreed on. It was never my feeling that this was how the patrol method was supposed to look.
This was most obvious when we went to a new summer camp half way across the country and upon arriving found that the high adventure program still had a ton of openings. ALL the older boys, the PL's the honor patrol officers, the troop officers, anyone with FC and above could opt out of the planned events and go with the High Adventure option. Which they did and it left about half the boys in camp. None of which were FC. No leadership, no program, no patrols, and 2 ASM's to babysit them for the week. The consensus of the boys left behind was that the trip was a total waste of time and money. Of course all the older boys thought it was fantastic.
So what about this tension between the patrol vs. troop dynamics of structure and authority dynamics?
Edited by Stosh, 20 May 2016 - 07:52 AM.