Re: Troop meeting content
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Thu, 1 Sep 1994 14:56:13 CST
Rex, I really like the idea of having some merit badge classes during the
troop meeting. Actually, what I really like is multiple levels of program
occurring at a troop meeting--something for newer scouts, something for
mid range (2nd and third year) scouts, and something for older scouts.
Merit badge classes are one way of doing this.
I thought you would say something like the counselor talked to the boys,
asked it they had questions and signed them off (as a group). If the boys
work on an individual (buddy) basis to pass the requirements, a class can
be a great help in getting them along the road. I am opposed to classes
where a written test at the end determines who passes the MB. Instruction
with groups is fine as long as it is not a group test!!
Now, if merit badge classes are the only program for the 1st and up boys
then there is a problem.
BTW, classes should not be just quick review of requirements but true
instruction in the subject matter (maybe even more than is needed to pass
Unfortunately, the program you describe doesn't meet my criteria for a good
troop program, but maybe you can help modify it to get the job done.
I am particularly sensitive to this issue because my youngest (1st class)
doesn't feel that troop meetings offer him anything. The focus is on 2nd
class and 1st class advancement. The oldest (life) tolerates it because he
sometimes is involved with instruction. The youngest is considering dropping
out because there is nothing at meetings for him to do (except listen to a
long winded adult discussion of philosophy!!)
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