Re: Order in the Court!!
Bob Haar (rhaar@ALBERT.CS.GMR.COM)
Thu, 16 Dec 1993 16:49:18 EST
> How many boys show up for Troop meetings?
> What is the chaos level of your Troop meetings? How about a rating
> of 1 - 10 where 1="Should model for Fast Start" and 10="Black
> Monday on Wall St."?
> When during the meeting is it at its highest?
just before Opening and during any game
after the scouts leave
> Does it change as the year progresses?
in the spring - we get most of our new scouts as Webelos
in March/April and the older guys get anxious for summer
> Who generates the most decibels/disorderliness - older,
> younger,newer, experienced,...?
new scouts [a.k.a "ankle biters" (:=) ]
> How often do adults have to step in?
rarely - we have learned to tolerate a lot unless
it is safety related.
it is more likely that we suggest that the SPL handle
some problem and intervene only if that doesn't work.
> When do adults run the meeting?
never - the scout leadership corp plans all the
meetings including COH's. Actually, there may be special
events like Eagle Courts that are run by the SM, but
not normal meetings.
> As in every good survey - Comments?
Your experience sounds much like ours. Some parents of
visiting Webelos are shocked by the looseness of our
meetings. But we emphasize that the troop is boy-lead
and the scouts often learn by making mistakes. We encourage
them to visit some of the other nearbly troops that are
run more strictly. Some like out approach and come back.
Others prefer a different style, but that is OK too. One
measure of our success is that we retain boys right through
high school. Every year we have two or three scouts who
turn 18 and immediately register as adults so that they
can still be active in the troop.
Chartered Organization Representative, Troop and Pack 188
BSA, Clinton Valley Council, Pontiac, Michigan, USA.
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