Re: The Great Basketball Mutiny (1/2)
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Wed, 11 Jun 1997 14:15:59 -0500
Randy Storms asked:
>I understand that some activities will always be more popular than
>others, but what do you do when faced with a mass uprising? Do you
>throw away your meeting plan and do what the Scouts want to do? Or >do you
go down with the ship?
*Your meeting plan*, Randy??? What *we* think is "cool, neat, something
that they'll like" isn't always what *they* think is "rad, aces, something
that we'll do"!
Start off first by scraping all of the stuff that *you and other adults*
have planned...even if it "sounds great". Next, you need to have your Patrol
Leaders' Council to sit down (have one, right?? If not, you need to
establish one and assert THEIR authority as the ONES IN CHARGE OF PLANNING
AND COORDINATING THE TROOP MEETINGS. Start *now*, Randy, while you have a
young Troop....old habits die alfully hard, as many "old-timer Boy Scouters"
will tell you here!
No, you *don't do what the Scouts want to do*, but you don't "have Scout
SKILLS at every meeting. Remember that Scouting can be just about anything
that has to do with their lives. If they're interested in basketball,
here's a monthly outline that could work; run it past the youth in your unit
and get them to ADD and "bless" it:
FIRST WEEK: (Individuals and their make up to a team)
(the preopening each week is basketball, played in different styles. The
first week, it's a game of Horse; the second week, it's a game of two-on-two
halfcourt; the third week it's four-on-four and the final week it's patrol
versus patrol at the "different meeting location")
Opening: The singing of the National Anthem (how many Scouts *really* know
the words? *grinning*)
Scoutcraft Instruction: A review of the requirements for the Sports Merit
Badge. Emphasis on the fact that this is a REQUIRED merit badge for Eagle,
one of three options.
Game/Contest: "Dibble Facts": Patrols line up, facing each other. The
Senior Patrol Leader announces the game and starts the game with the blowing
of a whistle. He then dibbles the basketball, asking a Scouting-related
question. He then passes the basketball to a member of one or the other
patrol, who must answers the question before the ball hits the floor three
times, dibbling the ball. If he doesn't answer the question correctly, or
if he lets the ball bounce four times or more, he sits out.
The winning patrol is the one in which a member remains.
Program feature: Description of how to play Basketball (don't assume that
just because they *play* it, that they don't know the *rules of the game*)!
Scoutmasters' Minute: a short, inspiring story about a professional player
(not neccessarily a basketball player, but you can find stories about most
professional basketball players with a little digging)
WEEK TWO: (Teamwork)
Opening: The "responsive reading" of the Varsity Scout Pledge:
"As a Varsity Scout I will:
Live by the Scout Oath (Promise), Law, motto and slogan;
Honor the dignity and worth of all persons;
Promote the cause of freedom; and
Do my best to be a good team member."
Scoutcraft Instruction: Invite the local high school basketball or college
basketball coach/assistant coach to come and talk with your Scouts about
teamwork and it's importance on the court and in life.
Game or Contest: Name That Player. Clippings, photographs or (best) trading
cards are arranged on a table, covered by a cloth (tape the backsides of the
clippings/cards/photos onto the table so that when you
remove the cloth, you don't remove the clippings too)....patrol has 60
seconds to review the display, remember the faces and names....cover the
display, and the patrol together must remember "the players". (Kim's Game
with a variation...get it??)
Program feature: A discussion on teamwork and it's importance in Scouting,
led by the Senior Patrol Leader and Scoutmaster.
Scoutmasters' Minute: You Can Lose and Win at the Same Time
During the recent Olympic Games, a team from a former Soviet Union state
slowly made its way upward toward a meeting with the United States team,
called "The Dream Team" for its special combination of professional and
amateur players -- the best of the best. After the United States won rather
unceremoniously over their rivals and during the locker room interviews, a
reporter asked several of the players and the team coach if they felt
embarrassed at their huge loss. "After all", a reporter commented, "you were
on television around the world".
The players and coach responded with broad smiles, not once looking down,
"we love the American 'dream team'. Perhaps by the next Olympics game, we
will win over them. Just playing them, being able to play here, is our win.
We will enjoy watching them and learning from them."
"But you lost", said the reporter, attempting to get a negative comment
about the professional players performing against amateurs, or to get a tear
or a sullen look from the players.
"But *we* won, even though we lost the game", they answered to a player.
"Our nation has won, people now know of our nation. Our people have won,
because now you will want to come to our country and see us.
You see us now as *people*, not as 'former enemies'."
Winners in this world are not determined by the "numbers". Many of our
winners are those that have done service for others without counting the
number of times they have done so. Many winners are those that provide for
others without their knowledge. Our Scout Law point of Helpful reminds us
that we should be concerned for the welfare of others even when offered
money in exchange for our willingness to help.
By being a part of Scouting, and being a part of this Troop, you are
learning how to become winners in whatever you choose to do in life. It
starts with your understanding of the Scout Oath (Promise) and Law. For
those who *really* want to be winners, it requires you to apply those few
words in your daily life long after you leave us here.
You may lose at games, or jobs or careers. You may even lose loved ones or
family pets. But you will always come out a winner if you treat every
event, every momment in your life as something to learn from and become
better by. We in Scouting will help you ...if you're willing to follow the
rules of "our game".
(Weeks Three and Four are on a followup to this posting)
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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