Re: Troop meeting content
Thu, 1 Sep 1994 10:09:59 MST
>>>So, am I all wet?
There is no right or wrong approach to meetings, only that the meeting meet the
needs of the boys (not for the sake of meeting an agenda or routine).
Our unit is divided into patrols (of course), but each patrol is organized by
grade. A philosophy in itself.
I spend about 20 minutes on Troop activities (things that we all do or need to
know together), than 20 minutes on a Troop game (run by the SPL); and 30
minutes divided by patrol. Each patrol has an adult advisor and they manage
this part of the meeting. The older patrols DO work on merit badges, some fun,
others Eagle required. The younger patrols tend to focus on traditional
scouting skills. The yojnger boys also need more help in trip preparation, etc.
How the older groups do merit badges is their responsibility, but I find most
alternate between doing it themselves, bringing in an expert or using the High
School (POST) scouts to help. For Example, I am working (yes even the SM has a
patrol) on the space Exploration MB with the 8th grade patrol, called the
Headhunters. I am using one 10th grader on the model rocketry part (he's an
ametuer modeler); and the rest by another 10 grader who completed a school
project last year called "Mission to Mars."
My point? Give the kids what they need, remember they are at many different
levels of skill and learning abilities (not just two levels), and keep it fun!
Our program is successful for the group we have, that being 42 active Scouts,
of which 9 are "happy" Eagles.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City