Re: Troop Planning
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU)
Thu, 13 Jul 1995 12:46:05 CST
Some of what you describe is typical of many of the units I see, particularly
the idea that activities are troop-based rather than patrol-based. How many
of your patrols have patrol flags or patrol yells? I saw one SM bring back
a lot of patrol orientation by alerting the scouts one week that the next week
he would be asking them to give their patrol yell as part of the SM minute.
Only one patrol was prepared the next week. He recognized their accomplishment
and asked everyone else to be ready the next week. He kept at it until patrol
yells became a natural part of the SM minute, usually given in recognition of
something that a patrol member had accomplished at the meeting or in the
preceeding week. Then he started on patrol flags. . . .
Without yells and flags, a new scout will have trouble giving his patrol yell
and describing his patrol flag. They won't be able to meet the requirment
for advancement. I never let them off with "we don't have one."
As for uniforms, I conduct inspections from time to time and award a patch to
the most properly uniformed scout. It only takes a few times before uniforms
become more of a norm.
As for planning. Have you used the troop planning kit? The SM needs to do
some homework up front. I have yet to see a PLC that can just pickup and do
planning for a year. Most can hardly handle more than one meeting at a time!
But, if you provide the proper guidance, they will fill in more and more of
the blanks as you go along. They have to be trained to plan. And, every year
the makeup is different so you have to plan every year.
I always like to start of the planning period by making sure that patrols have
an opportunity to discuss things before the PLC meets. This usually means
taking time at a troop meeting. I like to start with a list of themes and
get the patrol members to make suggested changes through their PLs. I
encourage PLs to talk to their patrols about program ideas and I usually
mention (as part of SM minute or announcements) that the patrol members should
be prepared with an idea or two--not a lot, just one or two things they would
like to see the troop do.
We often settled on themes a few weeks before the planning weekend so there
was time to get feedback from the patrols. I also like to make use of Woods
Wisdom as the basis for troop meetings. PLC chooses to use as is or modify.
If they don't modify, I usually insisted that they follow exactly. AFter one
theme, they are usually ready to make some modifications to better meet their
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