First troop meeting
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Wed, 26 Jul 1995 16:30:50 -0400
As some of you may recall, I became a scoutmaster about ten days ago.
Well, we had our first troop meeting last night, and it went pretty
well. Four of the 5 boys on the charter showed up, and the brother of
one of them too who is not on the roster, but will be hopefully by next
We talked a lot about our experiences in scouting,
and what we would like to do as a troop. Since they haven't been active
since February, they'd like to do anything. Anyway, I'm taking them
swimming next week to our local pool, then in September we're going
camping, in preparation for the fall camporee in October. They really
want to go to that, especially when they found out I'm "Mr. Portajohn,"
otherwise known as Director of Facilities.
My apple cobbler turned out flawlessly, and they scarfed it down. One
was heard to remark, "Boy, Mr. Farnham, you really know how to win us
over!" Not exactly a Norman Rockwell moment, but I'll take it. None of
them know how to use a dutch oven, unfortunately. Well--I think I've
just figured out program for next week, especially since they'll be doing
the cooking on the camporee.
We elected a senior patrol leader, and a patrol leader. I was a bit
taken aback when none of them knew what "PLC" was. I was even more taken
aback when they professed ignorance of what the Scout Benediction is.
Any of you with experiences involving small, comatose troops in need of
major resuscitation who have some thoughts to share with me or our
colleagues, please post.
I would characterize the meeting as a quite good one. The boys
are all great--smart, funny, courteous--and I think we're off and
running. I'm going to encourage the boys to pick a troop guide at the
next meeting, and have the guide start to work on Totin Chip and
Tenderfoot with the youngest kid, who was in my cub pack last year.
SM, Troop 113
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