Lucas James (jj@LDJPC.APANA.ORG.AU)
Sun, 18 Mar 1995 11:37:33 +1030
On Wed, 15 Mar 1995, David Batty wrote:
> I am the Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 836 in Margate, FL.
G'Day, David. I am the Assistant Scout Leader of the Munno Para
Scout Troop, in Adelaide, South Australia.
> We are having big problems and I would like to get some good advice to fix
> these problems.
Well, you've come to the right place! :)
> First how should patrols be organized. No matter what the boys do not
> like it.
How long has the troop been running? How large is the troop?
One suggestion: run without patrols for a month. During the month
see what sorts of groups the kids form (you may have to force it a
little bit by holding 'team' games with the teams of 5-8 kids). Base
your patrols on these groups.
How is your program organised? Is the unit of activity the troop or
the patrol? Try and put an emphasis on the latter. Try and get them doing
activities/badges et.al. as a patrol.
> What do you do for Fundraisers. No Matter what they suggest it but they
> do not want to participate.
Bottle Drives, Pizza/Lamington/Pie drives. Raffles. You might explain
WHY they should do/participate in fundraising. Try explaining WHAT the
fundraising is for....Or do fundraising for specific projects - that way they
can see the "fruits of their labour".
You may try and get them to organise/plan/run one, preferably with
minimal intervention from the Scout Leaders/SPLs.
> Also troop meetings. That is about the only thing that is goding right.
> But some kids object.
What do the object to? How much say do they have in what sort of
activities are held (both at troop meetings, and elsewhere). How much
involvement do the kids have in the planning/execution of the program?
> We follow the Wood Of Wisdom book for troop meetings.
What does this book have in it (I've never heard of it)?
Following a book too much can be boring. If the kids are bored they
will not be enthused to do ANYTHING. Vary the program. Vary the troop
meetings (the format, the activities et.al.) Keep the kids on their toes!
> Any overall suggestions please. REPLY REPLY REPLY PLEASE!!!!!
Most big problems are really a lot of little problems that are related!
Done. Done. Done. :)
Munno Para Scout Troop - ASL - "Kodak"
Para Rover Crew - RS
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