Re: Troop Planning
Greg L. Gough (ggough@OZARKS.SGCL.LIB.MO.US)
Thu, 13 Jul 1995 06:58:16 -0500
You have a tough problem. First, have the Scouts in your Troop ever seen
and been involved in a functioning patrol method patrol? If not, your
task is twice as hard. Here are some ideas:
1. Conduct your 6 month planning on a PLC campout at a special location.
Throw in plenty of fun liesure activities so that they will want to
participate in future planning sessions.
2. Download the games archive and select 5 - 10 games that relate to
progam topics for them to choose from. If they don't like what you pick
this time, you can bet they will ask for the list to create their own
pool next time.
3. Determine what the montly theme will be, i.e. Woods Wisdom is a great
guide. This lets them focus on the nuts and bolts of the program.
4. Let the PLC know what you expect. If they don't deliver, be ready to
step in and help them stay on track both in the planning and the
meetings. This is not running the program. This is developing
leadership. Your Scouts will fail if they do not know what is expected
of them or how to achieve it.
Scouting offers the Scouts the opportunity to experience leadership, make
mistakes and learn from them. Yours is no easy task and I hope these
SM Troop 201
I used to be an Owl but
I will always be an Eagle!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City