Re: The Great Basketball Mutiny (2/2)
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Wed, 11 Jun 1997 14:15:53 -0500
This is the followup/conclusion to Randy Storm's problem of dealing with a
new Troop composed of "basketball fans": In addition to the insistance
that his PLC (Patrol Leaders' Council) get involved in the planning, I
offered a "basketball month" program outline (use it as such; change it
around if your Troop lives football or soccer (where I got the ideas from)
or golf or whatever...the point is that you need to adjust the Scouting
program to fit the needs and wants of the BOYS involved, not the adults.
I'm not a soccer fan, but for the month of April, 1985, I had to be there as
my Troop members lived, breathed and as you see here, did soccer!)
WEEK THREE: (Strategy)
Opening: The "responsive reading" of the Preamble to the Constitution
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union,
establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquity, provide for the common
defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to
ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for
the United States of America.
Scoutcraft Instruction: Have two high school or college basketball players
come to the Troop meeting and explain how they train together for an
upcoming game against an opponent. Why is strategy important? Why do some
players "sit on the bench" for most of the game and then play?
Game or Contest: None.
Program Feature: short basketball clinic put on by local high school or
college basketball team. (Hint: coordinated well enough in advance, could
also serve as a PR tool for both team and unit/Scouting!) The idea of the
clinic is to get the Troop members ready for the following week's
Patrol-vs-Patrol basketball tourney.
Scoutmasters' Minute: Working Together
(Taken from SM Handbook, 7th ed., page 313)
(Equipment -- 20 wooden matches held together by a rubber band. See that
all matches are even in the bundle so that the package will stand on end.
Stand the matches on the floor in front of the Scouts.)
Scouts, you'll notice the matches in front of you stand easily when they are
all bound together with the rubber band. But, look at what happens when I
try to stand them after removing the band.
(Take the rubber band off and attempt to stand them up. Of course, they'll
fall in all directions)
Our Troop is like this bunch of matches. As long as we work together as a
team, bound together by the ties of Scouting, we will stand together as a
strong troop. But, if we remove those ideals of Scouting, and each man
thinks only of himself, we'll be like that bunch of matches when the rubber
band was taken off.
As we all live up to the ideals of the Scout Oath, Law, motto, and slogan,
will be wrapping ourselves with the band that will strengthen out troop and
make sure that it stands for the things that make Scouting great.
WEEK FOUR: (Playing and Working Together)
(If you have not changed the location of the Troop's meetings prior to this
week, you need to consider meeting at a location whereby a fullcourt
Basketball court can be used. Suggested places include a college or
university basketball arena, a high school basketball court, or a fullcourt
within a Army or Navy Reserve/National Guard center. Ask around, get
approvals early, and observe special "rules" (for instance, some courts
require that you don't use "street shoes" on the court or that you bring in
the basketball sneakers and put them on before you enter the court.)
Opening: In the center of the Court, all Scouts and Scouters stand, with
left hands on top of the Scoutmaster's hands. The last hand on top of the
"pile" should be the Senior Patrol Leader's, who tells all there to raise
their right hands in the Scout Sign and LOUDLY repeat with him the Scout
Oath (Promise) (it sound really awesome in the center of an indoor basketball
Scoutcraft Instruction: None.
Game or Contest/Program Feature: Basketball game between Patrols.
Patrol Leaders play with their patrols; Senior Patrol Leader and his
Assistant serve as referees. You may also get assistance from the local
high school or college basketball team to provide additional referees.
During the closing, present all merit badges and rank advancements at center
court. After all awards are presented, have the Troop to stand while
someone plays Queen's "We Are the Champions".
Our "Sports Month" ended with a lot of tired Scouts that were "bummed out"
of playing basketball "by the rules" and somehow got "burned out" playing
the same sport over and over....I had two Scouts to tell me "I'm glad we're
not playing basketball anymore...I want to go camping again!"
Remember, Randy.....Scouting is NOT just about camping and cooking and
hiking....it's also about basketball and a look at what's a "hero" and how
much *real work* it is to do something!!
Hope that this information helps you out as well as others that have
experienced with that same problem.
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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