David F. Delman (Delman01@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Thu, 14 Aug 1997 06:08:26 -0400
>Ref: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 16:29:08 Doug Chamberlin
I like the way your troop does things now. =
A real good set up for a weekly meeting.
Hopefully there is also Patrol Time,
A Game/Individualized Time slot
and Leadership Time as well.
As for the impressions you are getting from the scouts
it is hard to judge why they are happening in your troop.
Some helter skelter ideas
>Boys at about 13 start "Diminishing" their accomplishments
You have to pat pretty enthusiastically to get a rise.
They will look to their peers to see if it is OK to smile.
>Advancement/Merit Badge Classes
Darn tooting they are boring. Sitting again after a full
day listening to some teacher and "Here I sit again"
Learning Citz&Nat or Citz&World or what ever.
-->I believe there are some methods to spice this up so it =
-->becomes enjoyable but I have only seen spotty success.
I have liked these book classes when done using round robin reading
and limited to 15 to 20 minutes, but they are still boring for
most of the boys.
-->I would never scratch these classes from a weekly meeting
-->Find some way to spice them. Bring in Outsiders, former Eagles, etc
>Scout Wall Charts
>Patrol Leader Encouragement
To aid in instilling their personal desire to advance on their own =
so it becomes less of "some adult says its important"
I would use the Scout Advancement Wall Chart to add competition
The scout book's method of having the Patrol Leader monitor
and assist his patrol members in their advancement.
(By the way I have seen this work but only in a few patrols)
(not an entire troop. It worked better than I imagined)
Yes spice yours up, Bring in the moms and dads if you can.
Make it Enthusiastic. The kids like it and want it but
many won't seem like they do for a lot of peer reasons.
Yis, IMHO, and may we all attempt to live the SO, SL, SM, SS
Mr Dave (Hawleyton, NY (Susquenango Council=
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