Re: Troop Meeting Setup II
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Wed, 6 Jul 1994 23:37:53 CST
65 boys ought to be two troops. I know there are people who like BIG troops
but 30-35 is about perfect!
Real scout meetings seldom run like clockwork unless they are run by adults
and then we are doing a disservice to the Scouts who should be running their
own meetings (with adult guidance).
Program at each meeting should be provided for all levels from the youngest
scout to the oldest. If the older scouts' only function is to help the new
scouts advance, the old scouts will soon disappear. I have seen situations
where a troop kept older scouts active in a venture program. This group often
met separately during part of the troop meeting. Usually one or two of this
group would be presenting a learning experience for the younger and/or mid
level scouts but this was only when the topic was their specialty. Each of
the older scouts was encouraged to develop a high level of ability in one or
more areas, i.e., one guy was an expert on firebuilding, another on knife and
axe, another on trees and shrubs, another on insects. Developing a topic area
and sharing it with younger boys gave them something to do but they didn't do
it every week. Venture type activities filled the rest of their time.
BTW, the venture program was only mildly successful. Most of the time there
ended up being more adult participation than desirable. The concept was
considered but not well implemented. The venture programs I have seen are
mostly in name.
I guess the key is providing program at ALL (at least three) each meeting (at
least most meetings).
Roundtable Commissioner, Pawnee Bill District, Will Rogers Council
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 18
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