Re: Troop Handbook needed
Blaine S Nay (b.nay@JUNO.COM)
Thu, 22 May 1997 00:04:11 EDT
>I could use some help from the mass of subscribers to Scout-L. We, in
>our troop, are setting up a troop handbook to go over to scouts and
>parents the rules that we live by - of course it will (and should) be
>directly linked to the Scout Oath and Law. Recently we have had problems
>that are similar to those posted, but as mentioned by our DE we should
>have written "ideas" that can be provided to parents and others to keep
>the ideas of scouting consistent to all as well as fair.
>Could I get copies of other Handbooks or Code of Ethics that been
>adopted by troops around the country and world?
I recommend you simply have a yearly parents' night where the Scoutmaster
and Commitee Chairman present the year's calendar and budget. It's also
a good time to formally install a new Patrol Leaders' Council.
Following that, the Patrol Leader Council gives a presentation on the
meaning of the Scout Oath and Law. After the presentation, the boys
stand, giving the Scout Sign, and lead the parents in repeating the Oath
and Law. Have a pre-printed handout for the parents so the can read it.
The SPL then tells the group that these are the bylaws of the troop.
I've observed that having a troop handbook just adds bureaucracy to the
organization and often gets in the way of the proper fucntioning of a
troop. Disciplinary problems are best handled by the patrol method and a
Scoutmaster's conference. That stuff is already in the "Handbook" (ie
Scoutmasters Handbook, etc.)!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City