Jim Sleezer (JHS8@VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU)
Wed, 16 Aug 1995 12:24:36 CST
On Tue, 15 Aug 1995 09:54:29 -0400 David Batty said:
>What kind of a technique can our troop use to make the patrol leaders
>have patrol meetings?
One of the best ways I have seen to accomplish this was to dedicate one week
per month for patrol meetings. Where this was in place, patrols met in the
home of the patrol leader (or another patrol member) at the regular troop
meeting time for the first week of the month. During this time, the SM and
the SPL visited each meeting for a few minutes to deal with individual patrol
issues. The patrol had an agenda for the meeting that usually included
preparing for the patrol's part in the month's troop meetings and in the troop
campout. Frequently, an ASM would meet with each patrol. The SM and SPL did
a lot of coaching at the PLC meetings relative to how to handle the patrol
meeting. PLs were not expected to have all the answers!!!
When my son was in a unit that had this type of operation, he never missed a
patrol meeting. That was where most advancement took place and that was where
a lot of really neat things happened. He was also one of eight, not one of 30
so he didn't get as lost.
The down side is when the PLs are not given assistance in meeting planning.
When my son's PL changed, the new SM was not as good a coach and the PL was not
as well prepared for the meetings. They often degenerated into rough-housing
with little or no business conducted. You cannot just say to a PL "Have a
patrol meeting," you need to provide coaching, guidance, suggestions, ideas,
etc. After a PL has been through a few meetings, they will be able to do more
and more. They just don't start out knowing it all.
Another possibility is to dedicate part of each troop meeting to patrol meeting
time. As a scout, we had from 10 minutes to an hour of each troop meeting for
the patrol meeting. The length of time varied by the activities planned for
the particular troop meeting. We had longer meetings when the patrol needed to
be planning for a campout or some other major activity, shorter ones when we
didn't need the time for patrol business. In any case, a few minutes were
dedicated to logging attendance and collecting dues. We had separate patrol
meetings only a few times a year when we just couldn't get it all done at a
I know of a few troops which dedicate one or two weeks of each month for
patrol meetings but at the regular troop meeting site. Each patrol has it's
Just remembered. When I was a scout, we frequently had a patrol meeting on the
troop campout. The SM or an ASM was around to help if we needed it. It gave
us an opportunity for guided practice!!
Finally, if there is no reason to meet, why meet??? Meetings for the sake of
meetings waste everyone's time!!!
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