Our Troop has 4 mixed age patrols with a Troop Guide assigned to each patrol. The TG's role is to assist with advancement of the scouts through First Class and help integrate the new scouts into the Troop. Our new scouts come from one to four packs in any year and we get anywhere from 2 or 3 to 10 new scouts. Our Troop's experience has been that the NSP doesn't work because the new boys want to be part of the regular patrols. Our boys have decided that they don't want a NSP and I'm not going to overrule that decision.
My first thoughts are that we aren't using the Troop Guide the way that position was designed and that our Troop Guides are functioning mor as Instructors. My sense is to make one Scout the Troop Guide who performs all of the functions except working with the NSP and to convert the other Troop Guides to Instructors (which appear to be designed to be Troop PORs that can be dispersed into patrols).
I'm interested in thoughts on my idea and any input on how other troops use Troop Guides where there is not a NSP.