Announcements at Weekly Meetings .
David F. Delman (71155.2447@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Sun, 23 Feb 1997 10:13:29 EST
Agree tremendously with the process your described in your message
Agree with Call Downs for scouts and families, by the scouts.
Teaching young leaders, leadership skills rather than having
the adults monopolize this activity because they are better.
In scouts I find adult resistance runs extremely high
for working with the scouts to make this a success.
Particularly when in a new troop.
For Cubs agree it has to be the Den Leaders, Adults or the
Den Chiefs that handle call outs.
Will put this idea and any optional ideas in a closing
message when this tread "Announcements at Weekly Meetings"
has reached its grave point.
So far intend to include mailboxes, 800 number, and call-downs
plus always youth leaders giving messages at the meetings
and in-between as great tools. I like the socks for younger
scouts but it won't work for 14, 15, 16 etc so maybe some
kind of uniform clip, message carrier would perform the same
function as taking your sock off.
David Delman (Troop:102 (Susquenango Council (Binghamton, NY
P.S. Intended to start another tread on this very idea
PL Weekly Call-Down after this tread is complete
>Date: Fri, 21 Feb 1997 15:35:54 -0500
>From: "HENRY S. HEINE" <hheine@WELCHLINK.WELCH.JHU.EDU>
>Subject: Re: Announcements at Weekly Meetings
>I see this issue being different at the Cub and Scout levels. Written
>notes for the Cubs to take home makes sence.
>For the Scouts however teaching communication is probably one of the most
>difficult yet important things we can do. If I need to "annouce"
>something I call the SPL who in turn calls his assistants who in turn
>call the Patrol Leaders and on down until every boy has been contacted.
>When the sysyem fails it's fairly simple to find out at what level and a
>brief Scoutmaster conference with the individual(s) usually reinforces
>the importance of the system. Remember they don't learn if we don't
>permit them to fail. However they also don't learn if we don't follow up
>on the failure.
>Hank Heine email@example.com
>SM Troop 615,COR Pack 461
>National Pike Dist.
>Baltimore Area Council
>From: David F. Delman, 71155,2447
>TO: ScoutList(SendNotes, >Internet:SCOUTS-L@TCUBVM.IS.TCU.EDU
>DATE: 2/20/97 1:53 PM
>RE: Copy of: Announcements at Weekly Meetings
>Been watching scout and adult reactions to announcements
> done at the front of meetings for several years.
>Also have been observing how the word gets out and back.
>All the announcements I have observed seem to be a trap for adults
>to think they are saying something the kids need to know, will
>remember, and will act upon. A trap because the scouts don't remember
>and also brings in well meaning adults into issues and concerns,
>needed for troop growth, but take up valuable Get it Going Time.
>They are a waste of time and generate little action has been my conclusion.
> Plus sometimes a few adults have something valuble to say and it takes
> 20-30 minutes of prime meeting time. Even really short announcements seem
> to generate little true attention from either scouts or adults. I always
> ask myself and my son "What did he say". If I knew it already was the only
> time he or I could feed it back 2 hours later on the way home.
>Some troops do full announcements front and back.
>My current thoughts and direction are as follows:
>Front of Meeting:
> >After the Openning
> >SPL tells what is going to happen that meeting THE AGENDA
> Personally prefer a big readable wall chart with
> an agenda that supports what ever is said
> >SPL tells everyone to look on the Wall at the
> Troop Calendar for upcoming events.
> >SPL identifies a SCOUT person who will be polling you or that
> you should give information needed to during THIS meeting
> e.g. 1st Class Scout Mr Marsh will be
> finding how who is going to CampOut next week
> e.g. Star Scout Mr Jones will be collecting popcorn drive info
> preferrably each of these scouts says this themselves
> >SPL identifies that your PL or APL will collect data during your
> patrol time and post it on the wall for use by the youth and adult
> leadership. Or possibly immediately following this brief kick off
> >Personally prefer all data put on large readable Wall Charts
> Having a scout, or the PL's responsible for the data input
> Wall charts add to increased visibility
>Back of Meeting
> >Few Announcements
> >Only those needed for the upcoming week "Action Now Announcements"
> >Remind everyone of the contact or lead person that will be calling
> For 1st year troops the contact person will be an adult/scout
> Beyond that I would hope the contact person would be a scout
> or the Patrol Leaders
> Each scout backed up and supported by one or several adults
> >Use the PL's to obtain info for your troop for more long range
> activities that need lots of advance preparation by the scout
> and his family. PL's bring this to the meeting and also
> post it on Wall Charts. Have an adult start it for some of the
> newer to scouting families and glide them into the PL calling.
> Each PL is always backed up by a guide adult or guide scoutmaster
>So what do you think
>1> About Getting rid of Front End Announcements
>2> My current idea
>Mr Dave (Susquenango Council (Binghamton NY
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