Re: Order in the Court!!
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Mon, 20 Dec 1993 12:16:04 CST
Picking up and filling in a copy of the original . . .
I'm observing a 50-year old troop that is being reorganized after dwindling
to three boys, all over 15 and just barely active . . .
The troop went camping last weekend with seven boys and five adults in
attendance. It was to have been a father-son but one dad couldn't attend
and one family has two boys in the troop.
About 50 boys attended the troop's reorganization meeting in mid November
The seven mentioned above are all new, and the troop expects a large
Webelos group in February.
The SM is an old hand who believes in the patrol method and is making it
work a day at a time, but growing stronger every day. It is exciting to
>> How many boys show up for Troop meetings?
- 6-7 the last three weeks
>> 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?
- during competition of most any type
- when someone is trying to speak to the group
this troop really gives its attention to those who have the floor
but then, those who have the floor are saying and doing things the
>> Does it change as the year progresses?
>> Who generates the most decibels/disorderliness - older,
>> younger,newer, experienced,...?
so far, the adults are the worst. SM is threatening to put the
adults in separate corners so they don't talk in the background
while boys are trying to accomplish things. We're a bit disruptive!
>> How often do adults have to step in?
> Frequently so far but declining every meeting
>> When do adults run the meeting?
SM is weaning himself as quickly as the boys will take the leadership.
Within a few months I expect to see the SM doing SM minute and that's
about it. He believes in preparing the youth in advance to do the
job and it works well.
>> As in every good survey - Comments?
The SM has talked with the parents as a group and individually with
parents as each new boy has joined or transferred into the troop. His
expectations are made clear from the start and there are few problems.
I really expect this troop to grow fast.
And, I think a couple of other troops in town are feeling a bit
threatened and are beefing up their programs so they won't get left
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